What does the Bible say about telling the truth? It’s pretty simple: speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:16).
What is truth? That’s the very question Pilate asked Jesus just before he handed Him over to be crucified. Great question. Here’s what the Bible says:
- “I, the Lord, speak the truth.” Isaiah 45:19
- “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
- Jesus said: “I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 14:37
- “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
- God “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4
Unfortunately, the world isn’t a big fan of truth:
- “They perished because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” Ephesians 2:10
- “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” Romans 1:25
The Bible says to “stand firm” with the “belt of truth buckled around your waist” (Ephesians 6:14). In other words, if you don’t have the truth, your pants are falling down — spiritually speaking.
OK, so that’s the truth. But how do I speak it in love? Just like Jesus: with gentleness, patience, kindness and respect.