To Tell the Truth
This is an interaction with the sermon from last Sunday by Pastor David Powell. Click here to listen or watch the sermon.
The sermon idea was “Speak truth to glorify God and bless others.”
See it Clearly
There were three main points to the sermon from Matthew 5:33-37:
- Speaking untruth is a reflection of the deceitfulness of our hearts (Jer. 17:9).
- Speaking untruth is an attack on the character of God.
- Speaking truth is a reflection of the transforming work of the gospel.
Understand it truly
Man is Deceitful
Romans 1:18-25 exposes the deceitful human heart and our tendency to suppress truth and live for the gift rather than for the giver. It has been said that our hearts are “desire factories” and if we are not purposeful in our thinking, our minds will be lackeys to our deceitful hearts. The terrible results of this error are expounded in the following verses in Romans 1:26-32 and the depravity of our foolishness is seen.
God is Truth
Psalm 119:160 tells us that God’s word is truth and Jesus reiterates this in his High Priestly Prayer (John 17:17). This fact is important because, as we see in 2 Sam 22:29, his ability to be a refuge to us depends on the veracity of his character. Prov 12:22 tells us that lying lips are an abomination to the Lord and we know from John 8:44-45 that those who ultimately refuse to trust Jesus are sons of the devil, the father of lies. There will be severe judgment for those who refuse to believe the gospel and who refuse to obey Jesus (John 3:36; 2 Thess 1:8-10).
The Gospel can Change Us
James 1:18 tells us that God, according to his own will, brought us forth by his Word of truth. In John 8:31-32, Jesus tells us that if we abide in his word be will know the truth and the truth will set us free. Free men face no condemnation Rom 8:1-2)! The grace of God trains us…
“11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11–14, ESV)
Value it Appropriately
So how does this message fit into my understanding and how is it valuable? My own truthfulness is important! Do my words bless God and encourage others to trust in him as a refuge or do my words offend God and encourage others to rely on themselves for protection? Do I take the shortcut or do I trust my God when he says to speak truth? This message can be a wake-up call for me to take my words and choices seriously and to remember that what lies are from the devil. If I trust my God I should have no reason to lie.
Feel it Fully
How does this message impact me? Do I internalize it and does it motivate me or am I letting it roll off my back? Do I think that grace covers me and that I don’t really need to surrender to God in this area? Am I realizing the significance of truth? Do I see that the grace of God transforms me and this is the opposite of license? I do not have a license to lie or to be false in any way just because I am his child…quite the opposite. Moses was told he had to die before God would let Israel enter the promised land because Moses failed to treat God as holy before the people (Deut 32:48-52). Do I treat God as holy when I lie? Do I expect him to blow it off?
Do it Joyfully
What are some ways that I have been untruthful and how can I turn that ship around? Lord help me to be aware of the times that I begin to consider being untruthful and remind me, convict me, own me, reign in my heart and mind and let me represent truth.
Share it Compassionately
Who do I know that could use this message and who can I begin to be truthful with today?