Psalms 34:12, 13 says “whoever loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. In God’s eyes, there is no half /full truth, just as there are no white /black or big /small lies. “The Lord detests a lying tongue” (Prov 6:17.)Jesus says in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”. Whenever we lie, we disobey God and thus create a foothold for Satan. Acc to John 8:44 Satan is called the Father of All Lies. It is said that once we tell a lie, we will have to tell another lie to cover it up and thus begins a vicious circle. Sir Walter Scott has put it very nicely when he said “Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive.”Lying fills our life with guilt, remorse and above all, we lose our peace of mind. So it is always best to speak the honest truth no matter what the consequence. TRUTH ALONE TRIUMPHS.
All of us are made in God’s image-unique & special with very different capacities and capabilities. Just like the five fingers on our hand are different in shape and size, but all are equally needed for us to use our hand properly, same is the case with all of us. Well, you may say I don’t have much- I can’t sing or speak or run or draw or write. That’s okay, God made you & He knows what you can and cannot do. He only expects you to use what you have.
There is a quote by Seneca that “there is nothing more honorable than a grateful heart.”We will be happiest when we learn to count our blessings and be grateful for the smallest of blessings. You may refer to my previous post Attitude of Gratitude for some more inputs.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian.” There is a lesson to be learnt there. Our testimony must not be in the words we say but we should be able to reflect the love of God by the way we live. Today, people are tired of hearing Christian messages, what they need today is to see Christ in us. The most effective form of evangelization today is to live as Christ reflecting the fruits of the Spirit and when others see that we are different, they will come to us out of curiosity and we will get our chance to powerfully witness about Christ.