Thursday, April 11, 2019

“Devotional for Thursday, April 11, 2019
“Living By the Truth of the Living God”
living by truth
by Dona Hake

We live in a day and age in which living by the truth is not important.   This is so sad to me.  Just watch the news on any given day, and you will find there are those that do not base their opinions or decisions on any truth whatsoever.  It seems that some feel they can create their own standards, and by them they live.     This becomes what they see as truth on a matter.


I can remember hearing a woman  condoning and encouraging that it is okay when people tell little “white lies.” She exclaimed that some types of lies are just simply a polite way of dealing with people.   I personally feel this is absolutely wrong, and I stand firm that proclaiming that any kind of lie, no matter how small or white IT IS absolutely wrong. I can remember thinking as a teenager that is was okay to lie about certain things. I can remember as well how troubled it would make me feel inside. I did it because my friends did it, and I assumed it was okay. May I add that I can remember the day that the Lord totally liberated me to His truth, and I was able to live with a clear conscience!


So what is a white lie? This is what the definition of it is… “a minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness. “   Let us as believers be careful to guard our hearts and mouths that we do not proclaim lies to avoid dealing in God’s truth in a matter. 


I have heard it said before that the thing about telling lies is that you better remember exactly how you told it or some day you will get caught. There is so much freedom in being truthful to others, and most importantly being true to yourself. One of my most favorite quotes that I feel is an excellent one to live by was by William Shakespeare.


“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow,
as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Today I encourage you to embrace truth in your heart. You know…God in heaven has promised to keep His Word and He never lies. He never changes and He is dependable. TRUTH is such a liberating way to live! Let us look to Him to teach us to walk in truth in every area of our life.