Speak Truth. The closing verses of Ephesians 4 present a list of commands by Paul which in essence define the character of a true believer.
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.
Ephesians 4:25, NKJV
The closing verses of Ephesians 4 present a list of commands by Paul which in essence define the character of a true believer. While we will never reach true perfection in this life, that does not prevent God from defining the true character of a believer.
Paul tells us that though we are not able to obey God's law perfectly, God uses it as a school master to teach us how to live this life in a manner which is pleasing to Him.
In verse 25 of Ephesians 4, Paul tells us to put away lying--speak truth with your neighbor. The Bible has much to say about the subject of truth. Here are just a few verses from the New King James Bible which discuss the topic of truth.
We discover in John 8 that truth makes us free from sin which so easily enslaves us.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The truth of the Atonement is provided to free us from our sin. The way to depart from evil is to fear the Lord.
In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.
We, as believers. are to make the truth known to our children.
The living, the living man, he shall praise You, As I do this day; The father shall make known Your truth to the children.
Even those in Christ's day who did not believe He was the Messiah understood that He spoke the truth! Why, then, did they not believe?
And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.
Jesus declared plainly that He was and is the way, the truth, and the life. He is our only way to God, the Father.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Not only is Jesus the truth, but the Spirit is also identified as truth. When the Spirit dwells in believers, He only speaks the truth to them.
This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
1 John 5:6
The Bible has much more than this to say about truth, but as we can see from these verses, the Bible teaches us the truth. The world, however, is consumed with lies. Does that not describe our world today? We do not even expect our politicians to speak the truth. Gone is the day when a person's word is good enough. As lies have consumed our society, so has trust almost disappeared completely.
Let us go before our Lord Jesus Christ today and ask Him to enable us to speak the truth to our families, friends and neighbors. May God's Word guide and direct us, and may our lives be characterized by truth!