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How to Tell the Truth
1 Corinthians 13:6
Today I want us to turn to I Corinthians 13 and I want to speak today on “How To Tell The Truth.” I know that you know that you should tell the truth, but do you know how to tell the truth? We have been in this love chapter and I want to remind you as a background, that Paul is speaking to the church about Christian maturity. He is saying that Christian maturity is based on love. And he is saying that whatever gifts God has given us these are to be exercised in the spirit of love and with the motivation of love. And as we looked at several of these, last time we looked at resentment and how love overcomes resentment, and before that we looked at how God can make anger our ally if we know how to be angry and sin not, and all of this is put in the context of love.
Today, I want us to see, telling the truth, in the context of love. Sometimes, people tell the truth, they tell something that is true but because they tell it at the wrong time, for the wrong motive, and in the wrong way, it does not come across in love. And it is very important not only that we tell the truth, but also how we tell it. What the Bible simply says here in verse 6 speaking of love is that love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
In a national survey asking Americans how much they lied, it was discovered that America is lying, America is adrift. They asked the question, whom have you regularly lied to? And 86% said my parents. I am sure it would be lower than that in this church! 75% said that they had lied to their friends; 61% said they had lied to their boss; 59% to their children; 73% to brothers and sisters; 69% to their boyfriends or girlfriends. It is no wonder that relationships in America, between teachers and students, between employees and employers, between husbands and wives, parents and children are fragmenting and coming apart because relationships ...
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