Monday January 22, 2018
by Joan Webb
Mincing the Truth
Genesis 12:10-20: "'Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you'" (v.13).
Just as Abram predicted, Pharoah's staff thought Sarai would make a lovely addition to the king's harem. So they paid Sarai's "brother", Abram, a dowry and included Sarai with the other women. However, when the king discovered he had been mislead, he was not pleased. He released Sarai, and then ordered them all to leave the area. Abram feared for his life, so he lied.
Sometimes we, like Abram, mince the truth to assuage our apprehension about our jobs, relationships, and future. Perhaps we rationalize our dishonesty by saying we are trying to keep the peace, or make it easier for others. At times it appears we value another's reaction more than God's opinion. Yet, once we recognize our propensity for hiding the truth just to make things look better, we are able to ask God for help in facing our fears. Living in harmony with reality, even though it means taking a risk, contributes to a healthy sense of self-worth and personal dignity. God loves us at all times, but his plan is that we learn to live honestly and courageously.
Lord, when I'm tempted to slant the truth to ease my pain,
give me courage to face reality and tackle each unpleasant situation head-on.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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