by Curt Dodd

I Corinthians 13:6
"Love rejoices in the truth"
Then Ephesians 4:15 in The Living Bible:

"Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times,
speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly..."
One of my all time favorite songs is that of the Righteous
Brothers which goes, "You've lost that lovin' feelin' . . .
blah, blah, blah, blah, whoa, whoa, whoa,".
What causes us to loose that lovin' feeling? What destroys
intimacy? What is it that undermines great relationships?
Dishonesty is the answer.

Several years ago I read a book entitled THE DAY AMERICA TOLD
THE TRUTH. I was astounded at the results of the survey done in
our country. People were paid to share how they really felt,
their anonymity was sealed and they could tell the inquirer what
they really felt and what their real truth was. The results of
this intensive survey in our nation was sad. When it comes to
honesty, their national survey, when they ask the question, "Who
do you lie to?" produced some of the most saddening statistics.
Eight-six percent of those surveyed said they lied to their
parents, seventy-five percent to their friends, sixty-one
percent to their boss, fifty-nine percent to their children,
seventy-three percent to their brothers or sisters, and
sixty-nine percent to their lovers.

If there is a great problem in our country, it is that of the
truth. Not being truthful with each other, not speaking the
truth in a loving way can erode and destroy any relationship.
Relationships are difficult at best because we are human beings
full of flesh and flaws; however, the truth when it is not known

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