The Truth Will Set You Free
The Truth Will Set You Free
How many times has someone lied to you? Your kids? Family? Friends? When my kids were smaller, it was fun to ask a question (to which I already knew the answer) and see how they would answer it. If there was any thought they might get into trouble they would give an untruthful answer. Then I would ask another question and they would build on their untruthful answer from the prior question. On and on, one lie after another, to cover their mistake.
In 2 Samuel 11, we read the story of David and Bathsheba. King David saw Bathsheba bathing on her rooftop and sent someone to find out about her. This man discovered that she was the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite, who was fighting in battle at the time. The king sent for her and she came to the palace and slept with him. She returned home and sent word to David that she was pregnant. David sent for Uriah to return from the battlefield and asked him for an update on how the battle was going. He sent Uriah home, in hopes that he would sleep with his wife and get David off the hook for sleeping with Bathsheba. Uriah chose to sleep in the fields as his fellow soldiers were and did not go home. David met with Uriah the next night and got him drunk in hopes he would go home. Again, he did not. The next day, King David sent him back to the battlefield with a letter to Joab, his army commander In the letter, David told Joab to put Uriah on the frontlines. Joab did as the king instructed him to do and Uriah was killed. Bathsheba was told of her husband’s death and mourned. After her time of mourning was over, David had her brought to the palace where he married her, and she had a son. The chapter ends saying, “… the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”
David had disappointed the Lord by doing bad things to cover his mistake just as kids, family, and friends disappoint us when they lie to cover their mistakes. Most of the time, lying is a result of fear. We fear consequences of our mistakes, so we try to cover them up. The Bible has many verses to support telling the truth and being accountable for your actions.
- 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
- Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,”
- John 8:32 – “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
- Proverbs 12:22 – “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
So, as you go through life and lead others, remember that the truth will set you free!
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