To Be Honest With You - Broadcast for February 8, 2013
“To be honest with you,” I started to say; at that point a friend of mine interrupted me and asked: “So, are you usually dishonest when you speak?” I answered: “No!” He pointed out that the phrase implied that I chose to be honest at times and dishonest the rest of the time.
In James 5:12 we read: But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. (James 5:12 NKJV) I've learned that if a person repeatedly has to say: “I swear to God” or “I’m telling the truth” that quite often they are not truthful and are generally untrustworthy. It is sad to know someone who you assume is lying whenever they are speaking because lying seems to be their native language.
As Christians our speech is to be candid, honest, truthful and trustworthy. We shouldn't need to swear by heaven or earth or our mothers grave to be believed but have the reputation of always being truthful. This is possible as we are transformed and renewed in our minds and are filled with the truth. If we are full of truth, then truth will be what comes out of us. Jesus said of Himself: “I am the way the truth and the life.” Thereby we are filled with truth we we are filled with Christ. He has provided His Spirit to indwell us and therefore we are filled with truth when we are filled with the Spirit.