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After witnessing a meltdown and cussing tirade from a professing Christian yesterday, this is very timely in my observation and learning.

Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)

Our mouths should speak truth and this we learn to do through waiting on God.

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Receive instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. (Proverbs 8:6-11, NKJV, emphasis added)

Speaking the truth according to this passage includes:

  1. Speaking excellent things is speaking truth
  2. Speaking right things is speaking truth
  3. Speaking wickedness is an abomination to God
  4. Speaking righteousness is speaking the truth
  5. Not speaking things that are crooked or perverse
  6. Speaking the truth will bring understanding to the hearer
  7. Speaking the truth will be right to those who seek knowledge
  8. Speaking the truth leads to the reception of instruction and knowledge, which are greater than wealth
  9. Speaking truth leads to the reception of wisdom which is far above anybody’s desires or the wealth of man

He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. (Proverbs 12:17-19, NKJV, emphasis added)

Speaking the truth according to this passage includes:

  1. Speaking truth is a declaration of righteousness
  2. Not speaking the truth is deceitful
  3. Not speaking the truth brings pain
  4. Speaking the truth brings healing
  5. Speak the truth and it will last forever
  6. Not speaking the truth is but for the moment of men 

These are the things you should do: speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace. (Zechariah 8:16, NKJV, emphasis added)

Speaking the truth according to this passage includes:

  1. Speaking the truth to your neighbor is a thing you should do
  2. Speaking the truth leads to justice and peace within your community (in your gates)

Now as he (Paul) thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” (Acts 26:24-27, NKJV, emphasis added)

Speaking the truth according to this passage includes:

  1. Speaking the truth is the sane and rational thing to do thing to do
  2. Speaking the truth leads to reason
  3. Speaking the truth should be done freely and openly
  4. Speaking the truth makes people confront the truth and brings them to the ultimate decision life – what are you going to do with Jesus the Christ?

There are so many reasons to find to speak the truth. If you would search your heart can you find reasons why you have not spoken the truth in the past? Knowing that there is no reason going forward to not speak the truth, confess those sins of the past and submit your life to the Holy Spirit who will energize you to speak the truth in the future.

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