Living the Truth
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RLiving the Truth
By Lois Parker Edstrom
One of the most important things your parents will teach you is to always tell the truth. They want you to grow to be an honest person.
I don’t know if you’ve had the experience of telling a little fib or lie, but if you have you know how it makes you feel. Awful! It feels like a heavy thing that you have to carry around with you everywhere you go. You can’t get free of it.
I’m reminded of the story of Pinocchio. He was a wooden puppet who was brought to life by a blue fairy. He wanted to be a real boy and to do this he had to prove that he was “brave, truthful, and unselfish.”
He got in with a group of bad boys and started telling lies. Every time he lied his nose grew longer. Kind of funny, but also sad.
Our noses don’t get longer when we tell a fib or lie, but our hearts do feel heavy when we aren’t truthful.
Jesus says, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples” (8:31). “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (8:32).
This advice helps us have a good life. God’s Spirit helps us know the truth. If we always tell the truth we will feel free and not trapped or caged in by lies. “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (8:32).
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan