Trust is a very important part of life. Often relationships become strained and even broken when trust is broken. The reason why trust is so critical to relationships is because we are looking for truth to be the anchor of the relationship. When we discover that someone we trusted is being dishonest, trust is broken and it takes a long time to rebuild confidence again.
Balaam learned a very important lesson when he tried to curse the people of God and said; “God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19). If we are seeking to represent God to others, our degree of truthfulness will also be the degree to which others will see the character of God in us.
Perhaps this principle is tested the most in close relationshipssuch as marriage, parents with children and among leaders. Paul understood this principle when he said, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25).
Earlier in Ephesians 4, Paul exhorted us to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (4:3). You can be assured the Spirit will never join Himself to dishonesty or lying. Are we really interested in representing God clearly to others, or do we try to protect a false image of ourselves? There is divine power in letting the Spirit purify our hearts so our words are true.
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