TEACHER:  Ken Hicks

SCRIPTURES: Exodus 20:16

BOTTOM LINE: TRUTH!   Would the people in our life define our life by TRUTH?

QUESTION:   Why is It so difficult for us to allow our lives to be transparent for others to see?

 

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Exodus 20:1616 You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.”

We live in a culture where TRUTH is simply in short supply, and the result of that is that we life in this time where we can actually be kinda cynical [because TRUTH is in such short supply].

What Jesus is saying here is there is 1 Rule that Rules above the Rest, and we might even call it The 1stRule of Relationships.  You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

In a world where words are MANY … and TRUTH is CHEAP … God reminds us tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the Truth.

And we can sort of re-work the 9thCommandmentto say you must not tamper w/ the Truth!

What This Commandment FORBIDS! 

  1. LYING UNDER OATH.
  2. THE DIRECT LIE.
  3. THE SUBJECTIVE LIE.
  4. KEEPING QUIET WHEN WE KNOW THE TRUTH.
  5. SLANDER.
  6. FLATTERY.
  7. CARELESS EXAGGERATION.
  8. LYING TO GOD.

 

What This Commandment Demands!

  1. Truthfulness in our Words.
  2.  Honesty in our Relationships.
  3. Integrity in our Lifestyle.

 

APPLICATION:

LEARNING TO LIVE FROM TRUTH:

  1. Practice Creative Silence.
  2. Practice Personal Accountability.
  3. Commit Ourselves to Becoming a Person of Truth!

 

The 9thCommandmenthas this phrase in it that we have a tendency to sort of overlook if we’re not careful:

Exodus 20:1616 You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.”

Isn’t it so often true … the people we are most likely to violate this command with are those who are closest to us?

–      Our Spouse

–      Our kids

–      Our good friends

–      Co-Workers

–      Our Neighbors

And what we discover here is this: this Commandmentisn’t just something for people Out There so to speak.  This is for Us, people In Here, who are Family together through the Bond of Christ In-Us … it’s for ALL of us!

We need this Word from God!

 

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