I remember growing up hearing the phrase, “Honestly now…tell the truth.” Someone always used it to emphasize that they wanted the whole truth out of you when they asked you a question. You especially said this, when it was something very personal. Cruising around on the internet you can find a website that helps you ask your friends or friends of friends questions that help you decide what is best for you. I am not so sure I would trust their answers. People are always more worried about how people will respond to what they say. So people tend to “pad” the truth or tell “white” lies. Of course by God’s standard’s “padding” the truth and “white” lies are just lies. As Christians we need to make the choice on whether we are going to tell the truth or tell lies. If we are going to show God’s wisdom in our lives, then we are going to tell the truth. Wisdom is doing what is right and honest. Proverbs 12: 17 states, “Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness, deceit.” This verse instructs us to tell the truth.
We can see that truth and wisdom walk hand in hand from Proverbs 23:23 , “Buy—and do not sell—truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding.” We are further instructed that we need to obtain it and not get rid of it. Once we start being dishonest, wisdom will cease. So next time a friend asks you a question, choose to be wise in God’s eyes and tell the truth. Honestly now, only true friends tell the truth.