Truthful Answer

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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 6:16-8:7, Colossians 2:8-23, Psalm 78:1-31, Proverbs 24:26

Daily Verse: “Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.” Prov. 24:26

Truthful answer.

Speaking honestly marks a good friendship. People who love you will tell you what you need to hear, not want you want to hear. When my husband told me he had reservations about marrying me because of my anger issues, I knew he loved me. Instead of lying, he told the truth and helped me become more self-aware. 

Even though I had dealt with some of my anger issues, I hadn’t faced all of them. Because of my husband’s love, I worked to identify the root of the deep emotion and find healthy ways to cope. In August, we celebrated eleven years of marriage.

On the other hand, I’ve had plenty of friends who tell me what they think I want to hear, and I don’t consider them friends. Most don’t stand the test of time because they lack trustworthiness. I have yet to discover a way to have a relationship with someone whose word you can’t trust.

Honest answers build relationships and develop character. Telling the truth takes courage and honors God. Ultimately, the truth always comes out, save time and money, and speaks honestly.

Lord, forgive us for not telling the truth. As we move through our day, help us answer honestly, building relationships as we speak with love. Let our words bring life to the relationships in our lives. IJNIP. Amen

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