By using this phrase it infers that at times I don’t tell the truth.
Reference: I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. (Galatians 1:20 NIV)
Explore: A phrase that has entered into our common language is “to tell you the truth…” I know I’m guilty of overusing this phrase.
I know we say these words to emphasise our up-coming statement but if I really thought about it, by using this phrase it infers that at times I don’t tell the truth. Sure, I’m not faultless in the truth department, but I don’t lie enough that I need to alert you to when I’m speaking the truth!
While people understand my intent, when I use this phrase, it’s interesting to break it down and reflect on what I’m really saying.
Application: The apostle Paul had an unusual journey. He went from a Christian hater to a Jesus lover in a matter of days. You can imagine the disciples’ need for clarification!
For Paul is was necessary to emphasise that he spoke the truth but let’s hope the only time we have to make this clear is when we have a God transformation like Paul.
Common phrases are fine but in the Bible we are often reminded to watch our words.
Prayer: Lord, how easily lies can roll off our tongue. May we always speak the truth so that people never have to question our words. Amen.
Throughout the day be conscious of the truth. How far do you bend it?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.