To tell the truth…

  
Do you remember the first time you lied? Ok, probably not, but there has been times where you might have fudged the truth a little bit. Right?

I remember when I lied to Jeg one time. It was over a stinkin water bill. I had forgotten to pay it, twice, and the city cut us off. It wasn’t that we err broke or anything, I just didn’t pay it. She asked me what the deal was and I told her that it was an error on the city. Later that day, she found out and it hurt her so bad. It was a hurt that took a while to recover from. But we did and are a better couple for it.

What I’m getting at is that telling the whole truth is is super important to any kind of relationship. My parents always told us, “Tell the truth, no matter what. Even if it gets you in trouble.” 

I have gotten myself into a mess of trouble just for telling on myself, but it helped in the long run. So what does that say? It screams integrity. 

So what’s integrity? Most everyone has a basic understanding of it, but few choose to exercise it. Here’s an idea for you if you are still confused.

  

So is it just about telling the truth? If that were the case, people could get away with telling “their version” of the truth all the time and still be in good moral standing in their mind. 

Integrity is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, all the time. Does it hurt? Well of course it hurts, but you’re gonna be better for it. 

Check out what The Word says:

“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭MSG‬

Taking the short way around things might be the easy way at first, but eventually, those little lies add up. Your stories become more elaborate and your web of deception will start to ensnare more people. 

You can read all the best self-help books, post all kinds of fancy pull-out quotes to your social media but if your integrity is shot, those words don’t make a hill of beans. 

There will be a day when you realize what you have done; hopefully, it won’t be too late to salvage a friendship or even a marriage. 

I know that this might ruffle some feathers and even downright piss some folks off, but that should just tell you that you got some business that you need to work on. 

Let me know what you think, leave a comment below and share this your friends. Y’all be safe out there. 

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One thought on “To tell the truth…

  1. Good post, sadly the word went out of style years ago for the worldly. Although politicians have always been noted for their lies and untrustworthiness, it started getting popular with non-politicians and being widely accepted on the world stage decades back. The days of Integrity are long behind us now but a few will choose to hold it near and dear. The survivors of the war on Christians will spotlight integrity in the near future by potential beheading.

    We live in times of extreme apocalyptic fervor, but there is very little discussion about what “Apocalypse” itself really is. The word is derived from Greek and literally means “to uncover truth” It’s only in later centuries that it took on it’s unofficial meaning of ” the end of the world or age”. As sincere truth seekers we must deeply root ourselves in proper historical and spiritual context. For example, the book of Revelation makes it clear in the first line that this is the ” Apocolypse” of Y’shua/messiah, not of John who is writing it down. Furthermore, in Aramaic (the language our messiah spoke) the name of this book is Gilyana, which means not just to reveal but ” to manifest”. This meaning is further carried over to the one place in Israel that is literally named the Land of Revelation/Manifestation: Galilee!

    These elements of lexical cleverness are devised from a Semitic origin and Semitic mindset and the corpus of the New Testament as a whole. It relates squarely , for example to occasions in Matthew where Y’shua says he came to “fulfill the Torah”, but the meaning of the word in Aramaic is not “termination” but is to provide proper understanding /revelation.

    Therefore , our “Apocalypse ” is within our own hearts and minds as we strive to lead a trustful, honest, Scripturally base lifestyle and give father YHWH and his son Y’shua our best. Whether Messiah comes back in a year, 10, or 100, years. As sincere people of faith we must never tie our”new” obedience or piety, to fear or even speculation of what may be coming soon. Instead , we have our own personal and intimate “Apocalypse” this very day, today, and must root ourselves to eternal life; that’s the greatest Revelation of all.

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