Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.” Ephesians 4:25 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be open, honest, and transparent with each other.”
Some years ago I worked in an organization where it was not uncommon for co-workers to deceive and mislead one another. Members of the organization often engaged in mild forms of deception by withholding key pieces of important information, or by presenting things in a way that was not entirely true and accurate. Sometimes things were described in such a way that would lead a person to go along with a decision or plan, without the person fully understanding what it was they were going along with.
Needless to say, all of that resulted in an unhealthy organizational climate. There was doubt and mistrust among co-workers, and as a staff member you could seldom be sure if you had the full story in any given situation. That’s bad in any setting, whether we’re talking about a workplace, a home, or a church.
Personally I value transparency. I think Christians should be completely open and honest with each other. We need to speak the truth to each other in love. We should not lie to each other or deceive one another. There shouldn’t be shades of meaning, twisted truth, or mild deceptions. Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
In Ephesians 4:17-32 Paul was giving some instructions about how to live the Christian life well. In that passage he covered a variety of different behaviors. He wrote that we are not to conduct ourselves as unsaved people do, and we are not to be hard, cold, calloused, or promiscuous. He said we are not to be corrupt or angry or bitter; we are not to slander other people; and, we are not to be deceitful or untruthful. Instead we are to tell each other the truth in love.
Be real with people. Don’t make them try to guess what you’re up to and don’t give them reason to doubt your honesty. You shouldn’t have anything you need to hide anyway, and if you’re engaged in something that leads you to believe you have to mislead people about it, then it’s something you shouldn’t be involved with in the first place.