Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood,
Speaking the Truth January 13, 2014
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Why do we employ “falsehood” in our daily walk? A couple of reason, being our lack of a healthy fear of the Lord, we care more what man may think of us than God. We use falsehood against someone to try and tear them down, and thus make us look bigger. We believe the means justify the end. Falsehood is as old as the “garden” and has been employed by every living creature at some time. The word “Falsehood is a verb; ( to put off or lay aside or away) It is a conscious decision you have to make, and the correct response begins with the fear of God.
Why is important to speak the truth to your neighbor? When you first move into a neighborhood, your neighbor knows nothing about you, so you could spin some pretty good tails, but the God who redeemed you knows how many hairs are on your head.We cannot dance around the pit of sin, this temptation trying to lure you in. The word “neighbor” (plēsion) any other person, and where two are concerned, the other (thy fellow man, thy neighbour), according to the Jews, any member of the Hebrew nation and commonwealth. Lying which is one of the deeds of the old man, and a branch of the former conversation agreeable to him: a lie is a voluntary disagreement of the mind and speech, with a design to deceive; it is to speak that which is false, contrary to truth shining in the mind; and it is spoken knowingly and willingly, and with a design to impose upon others.
For we are members one of another; as men, are all of one blood, descended from one man, and so are related one to another; and as in civil society, belong to one body politic; and in a religious sense, members of the same mystical body, the church; of which Christ, who is the truth itself, is the head; and therefore should not attempt to deceive one another by lying, since there is such a near relation and close union of one to another. (John Gill)