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Here's a thought for Sept. 7

September 7, 2012
By the Rev. Bernard Wing , Marshall Independent

Grace Life Church

'The whole truth'

If you are a witness in a court of law, you may have to place your hand on a Bible and swear to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God." Then depending on who you are a witness for you either answer or testify to make the person on trial look better or worse. What is said may be true but not necessarily the whole truth perhaps?

Have you ever wondered; what if they don't even believe in the Bible or believe that there even is a God? Will they still tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Will they lie or just tell the convenient story that fits their cause or the attorney's case?

Unfortunately, I do believe we are all like that in a number of ways in our daily lives. We tell just enough to make ourselves look good or someone we may have an issue with is made out to look bad.

Some of us may be able to relate to this scenario? As a teen we may have said, "Mom, I am going to the library to study with friends." Then we drive to, walk into the library, and maybe even open a book momentarily; but, quickly leave to do what we really intended in the first place. We hang out with friends feeling confident we can still tell our naive mother we really did go to the library to study and she will believe us. After all we did tell the truth sort of anyway.

My premise statement for this devotional thought is that we can deceive and be deceived by telling a limited convenient form of the whole truth. If we have been listening to all the political campaign ads we may have experienced a taste of this and have a good idea of what I am saying?

As I listen to all the political posturing in speeches and ads I sense this premise to be quite evident. They all tell just enough of a story that is true but not the whole truth of the story; trusting that people are naive or unaware and will not take the time or make the effort to check out the whole truth behind the rhetoric.

Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?" Jesus answered, "For this reason He was born to testify to the truth." Later in talking to his disciples on His way to the cross Jesus said this in John 14.

John 14:6 (NKJV) 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

So truth is the person of Jesus Christ and He is God and He cannot lie.

Titus 1:2 (NLT) 2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God - who does not lie - promised them before the world began.

This Truth was that Jesus Christ was the only promised way unto eternal life and God cannot lie. This next verse says God is always true to His word and that every man a liar.

Romans 3:3-4 New King James Version 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."

God is Truth and He is a just God. He is an all knowing righteous Judge and we will one day all stand before Him to give an account. The Bible says we even must give an account for every idle word we have spoken. Matt. 12:36 (NLT) And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.

This is a very troubling Scripture and may cause us to think about the premise statement and how much of the whole truth are we telling, believing, and living? I know we can deceive some people much of the time but we will never deceive God any of the time. After all He does know our every thought and intention of our hearts. He knows us so well and pays close enough attention to us that He knows the number of hairs on our head.

My prayer for us all is that may we live and speak the truth and not try to deceive others. My prayer for our nation as we go to vote this November is that we not be persuaded or deceived by what we see or hear of convenient half-truths; but, may we be discerning by the Holy Spirit, allowing the Word of God to direct us as we seek to walk in Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.

May God help us and bless us all.



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