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To Tell The Truth

July 3, 2016 Speaker: Series: Life Lessons From Old Testament People

Passage: Exodus 20:16, Proverbs 18:21, Ephesians 4:25–4:29


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Don't Lie About Others  Exodus 20:16 NLT

You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.

Words Can Destroy Or Bring Healing  Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 16:24 NLT

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Psalm 31:20 NLT

You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.

How Should We Speak?  Ephesians 4:25, 29 NLT

25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.... 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

These lies seem “acceptable,” but they actually damage ourselves as well as others:

  • A White lie: Small untruth, seen as not really damaging anyone.
  • Flattery: A compliment made in order to get something or confuse another person.
  • Gossip: Revealing secrets that hurt a person’s reputation.
  • Half-truths: Holding back part of the truth.
  • Excuses: Covering failure with half-truths.
  • Hypocrisy: Pretending to be what you are not.
  • Exaggeration: Often used in advertising.
  • Cheating: Stealing answers on a test or lying on your tax return.
  • Propaganda: A governmental tactic to control people.
  • Spin: Attaching false conclusions to obvious facts—politicians love this one.

Psalms 19:14 NLT

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

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