Thought for the Day: Do any of you remember receiving a lecture as a kid about telling the truth? Maybe it was because someone you knew told a fib, but more likely, you got caught in the middle of a lie. Most kids are really bad liars, but they think they can pull the wool over the eyes of an adult. Many parents have used the threat of God as a deterrent for lying. Everything from suggesting that God will always know to implying how God will punish those who lie. A little fear will keep some kids in line, but not all of them. For Paul, the motivation for telling the truth and doing what is right should never be fear or guilt. Those motivators have, at times, influenced a few people toward honesty. Yet it appears that Paul believed we should simply care for no other reason than it is the right thing to do… even when doing the right thing might be challenging, even when it might cost us something. In a world where truth and facts are lost in the fog of opinion and conjecture, we need to set the example of truth-telling at whatever the cost. This Sunday, I will offer a few thoughts on the subject.
Prayer: In a world that too often doesn’t care about the simple idea of truth-telling, we join Paul in genuinely caring about doing what is right in both word and action. Holy Spirit, be our encourager, even when the truth is difficult to share. Amen.
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