Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
It is imperative that men speak the truth, for “he that speaketh the truth sheweth forth righteousness” (Proverbs 12:17), and his lip “shall be established for ever” (Proverbs 12:19). On the other hand, lies are only temporary resolutions that must be replaced with new lies. According to the word of God, lying is not becoming of a believer. Believers are to put “away lying” and “speak every man truth with his neighbour” (Ephesians 4:25). This is crucial for the hearer, for all deserve to hear and know the truth. It is likewise important for the speaker. Lies may, in the face of conflict or difficulty, present a temporary way of escape, but speaking the truth offers great rewards in the future.
• (For children): God hates lying (Proverbs 6:16-19; Proverbs 12:22). He wants us to speak the truth (Zechariah 8:16; Colossians 3:9) even if it is sometimes hard to admit the truth (1 Kings 22:5-14, 17-18; Acts 4:19-21). We can turn people to God by speaking the truth (Acts 8:35; Acts 16:30-32).
• (For everyone): Under what circumstances does it become difficult to speak the truth? Does it help to withhold the truth in favour of a lie? How does this usually end up costing you more in the end?
• Why do men need to hear the truth? How can the truth help men spiritually and practically? How does it hurt others if you refuse to speak the truth?
• Ask the Lord to help you speak the truth.
• Ask God to convict you when you tell a lie.
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