There was a time when a man’s word was his bond. Many deals were sealed with confidence with a mere handshake. You could also expect most people that you dealt with to tell you the truth.

I googled the definition of truth and it indicated that “truth is in accordance with facts and reality.” You could usually depend on what a man tells you to be in accordance with facts and reality because he believed that it was a reflection of his own integrity and character. That really meant something. To most of us, telling the truth is important because it reflects the values that we were taught and that developed as we grew up. John MacArthur, author and preacher once said, “truth without love has no decency; it’s just brutality. On the other hand, love without truth has no character, it’s just hypocrisy.”

Speaking the truth in love builds trust within relationships and it conveys honesty and dependability. A man’s word represents his character and how others view him. This is one of the major character building traits that we try to teach our children during their developmental years. Children, as you know, are not born with the understanding of the importance of telling the truth. They are born with the natural instincts of selfishness and self-preservation leading them to say whatever is necessary to avoid perceived or expected consequences. However, as children mature, we expect them to develop higher moral standards which include learning the value of speaking the truth.

If we are honest with ourselves, no matter how much time we spend in church learning about truth and its importance, we all find occasion to lie, misspeak or omit facts to avoid negative consequences, gain an unfair advantage or to address some personal agenda. As a matter of fact, we hear of stories every day of men recklessly saying whatever they want to advance their cause. The Bible indicates that the truth is liberating and it also teaches that an individual hates the one(s) he lies to. It is the tool of the wicked.

As hard as it may be sometimes, it is so much better for all involved to just tell the truth. It is too costly to do otherwise. The negative impact of lies and deception follows an individual and their family for generations. Lying is futile because the truth will eventually be exposed for everyone to see. One’s life and family name will be disgraced and ruined forever. Choosing truth leads to a better life and legacy.