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Stretching the Truth

It’s hard to decipher now days whether or not the truth is the truth! People have become so accustomed to telling a story and slanting the facts so that the listener will share their opinion - that you don’t know what to believe. And each time the story is told - the details keep changing. After a while, the person exaggerating loses all credibility and you train yourself to listen to that person knowing you are not hearing the whole truth. Sadly, a person who exaggerates the truth, not only tarnishes their reputation - but they are not a person with integrity! Even more important - “stretching the truth” is the same thing as lying in God’s eyes and lying is a sin! The Bible says in Proverbs 12:22, “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. And in Leviticus 19:11, God commands, “Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” Being honest, trustworthy and a person of integrity is critically important to God. If your goal is to be like Jesus so that you can spend eternity with Him in heaven, then you must not “stretch the truth,” but rather practice honesty in all that you do and say! Text: Psalm 119:163, Proverbs 13:5, Zephaniah 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:29