Life is both hard and good but you either tell the truth or you lie. When you lie, you are in fact hiding. You could be hiding your persona, your actions, or hiding a situation. On the other hand, telling the truth makes life easier to bear (in the open). And, when you tell the truth there is no need to hide (hence, lie). But, do tell the truth in love. Without love, the truth will be harder to accept. When you love yourself, you can accept truth told by anyone. As well, when you love yourself, you know how to discern between a truth and a lie.
Therefore, the opposite of love is hate. We often seek love, but hate seems to come to us easily- although it was not sought. But how can you seek love when you seek it through hiding, lying, and fakeness, which is away from your true self? Also, how do we know when someone is lying or being truthful? If we are to choose love wisely, we ought to watch our mouths and despise hate. Additionally, we must observe people over a period to see if their behavior matches their beliefs.
Did you know that our words have the power to speak life or death into lives? For example, our word comes from God who is our Heavenly Father. He spoke life into us here on earth with one breath. As such, He is a living God; the only God- the one and only true God. There is power in God’s word. Therefore, since God created you with His breath, there is power in your speech and word (which uses breath).
A truth is a blessing so that means that a lie is a curse. So, when you speak in truth, you’re giving life to the person who hears you. Subsequently, when you speak a lie you are killing anyone who hears the lie, including yourself. A lie cannot be the truth and the truth cannot be a lie. Yet, humans desire to welcome a lie over the truth, just because a lie is easier to believe and is more comfortable than a truthful thing that is uncomfortable to bear- which sits well in the spirit of sinners.
Although the truth is not easily accepted in certain situations, learn to commend yourself for doing a good thing. Don’t stop telling the truth because someone does not want to accept what was spoken. Likewise, do not convince yourself into lying for the benefit of others so that they may be comfortable with hearing a lie. It would be far better to bless someone through your words instead of condemning them to eternal death by cursing them with lies because you have power every time you speak.
News flash!!! Everyone has a sin/problem to get over. These sins/problems are bad, not only because God tells us not to do them, but because they hurt us. God does not want us to be hurt. But to teach us about himself, God lets us be hurt so that we can know His love. If we are to love God and ourselves, we need to speak His language. His language is love. His being is also love. He is living, and his language gives us life.
Although God is deity (divine), he is also our Heavenly Father. He is unlike our earthly parents in the respect that He loves us but grants us mercy and grace. Only He can provide grace and mercy through his power. And since He is our father, He likewise will love us unconditionally as our earthly parents should naturally love their children. Because He loves us, He wants the best for us. That is why He wants us to speak life with our words and not death. Our earthly parents should do the same; they should want us to speak life and not death. Parents must lead by example to protect each generation with love and life.
God, therefore, teaches us to be like him by being fruitful in the Spirit. Speaking like God will bring us the fruits of the Spirit. Speaking from the flesh will bring us death and sinning. But don’t fear! Yes, you have power! God gave us the ability to speak, just as He placed the Holy Spirit within us, who is constantly at work in our bodies with its power each day.
Also, with the power of the Holy Spirit, some of us have been gifted with the ability of language (tongues). This world has many languages. Some people are talented in speaking, interpreting, translating, and others are skillful in teaching languages. Yet, to speak a language successfully, the context must first be understood, which takes much practice, patience, and building our command of words, grammar, and comprehension, etc. over time. Furthermore, when learning to speak a language other than your mother tongue, that language’s culture cannot be separated from the language-learning experience. Culture and language always go together.
So, we must interact with people who speak the language who come from the culture where the language is mainly used and/or derived from. (*This means find a conversation partner to practice your language abilities!) Thus, we must study God’s language, which is love. And, God’s culture is love. Studying God’s word will bear us fruits of the Spirit. By studying and acting (a.k.a. “doing”) we will become disciplined in this language of love and life- which both gives and sustains love and life.
In conclusion, do not lie. Tell the truth. If you tell lies, you will be eternally dying. If you tell the truth, you can live. But to live eternally, you need God. Your soul is the most important thing at stake, so that is why we speak life through love. God is love and He is the one that offers us eternal life. He used His mouth to give us life at the beginning, He is giving us life now, and He will also in the end. It will be prudent of us to study the fruits of the Spirit and test ourselves according to them daily to see if we are worthy of God blessing us with eternal life on the last Day.
I encourage you to become disciplined at reading God’s word, seek help in its understanding, apply it to your life, and start producing results. In fact, speak the fruits of the Spirit to manifest into your life. You have the Spirit, as do all peoples on the earth. It is inside you already. You are a fighter. And you have been fighting every day. But, please do not give up. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(*See previous blog for the list of the fruits of the Spirit and the list of the fruits produced from the flesh.)