By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
"Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another."
What would your life be like if it were impossible for you to lie? It would be hard for a few weeks, wouldn't it? Yes it would be. It would be like Jim Carey in the movie "Liar Liar."
Imagine that you couldn't lie. At first people might be offended, get their feelings hurt, but eventually they would adjust as they got to know the new you. And you would feel very differently, wouldn't you? You would be an open book. You would not be able to carry a heavy burden of dishonesty, lies, or mask wearing. If you didn't want to go out with someone, you would simply say, "No thanks, I don't want to go out tonight." You would never lie.
Now, what would that life be like? I want to convince you that, although being honest requires gentleness, kindness, wisdom, and courage, it's also the kind of life that God wants us to lead. In this honest life, we don't have to wear or carry the burden of lies. We can just be ourselves. That's the way Jesus wants us to be. It is part of a happy, full, and flourishing life,
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live the flourishing life that you have designed for me. Help me to be gentle, kind, wise and courageous as I begin to tell the complete truth to others and myself. Amen.