Straight Talk with Genuineness and Veracity…

Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another.
Ephesians 4:25 [AMP]

Paul now goes into a set of “no longer do that, but now do this” exhortations for the Ephesian church. There are some interesting hermeneutical approaches to this verse. In looking at the whole of the book of Ephesians, a lot of the direction of Paul’s message is to the Gentile converts, to appreciate the dignity of their calling, the implication of that calling realizing their heavenly origin and destiny, and also for their present conduct on earth as believers. What is cool is that the wording in verse 25 matches that of Zechariah 8:16 which is appropriate because under the pressure of exile, the call was to be faithful to each other.

These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor; render the truth and pronounce the judgment or verdict that makes for peace in [the courts at] your gates.

Zechariah 8:16 [AMP]

The connection to each other as fellow body members is the rationale here. That rationale is deeply relational. So how do we think about ‘falsity’ and ‘expressing the truth’? In the context of oneness and members of a body of believers, it is an ‘above reproach’-ness in interpersonal relationships and interactions. It is the removal of cunningness and workarounds. No longer seeing how you can get the best outcome. It is similar to paying correct taxes and not looking for every way to bend the rules to suit your benefit. Paul is saying that within our biblical community relationships, this is paramount in growing a strong and thriving community. Most important of all, it is God honoring to be of a truthful spirit even in situations where that truthfulness does not benefit the individual or their situation.


This takes me back to quite a few quite times back where I was talking about ‘Civilized Unrighteousness’. There are certain worldly acceptable fibs or truth stretching that are accepted as ‘Just getting what I deserve’ or ‘not allowing someone else benefit when they are undeserving’. These kinds of fleshly thinking can run rampant in our minds; fueled by a conniving and driven heart for worldly acceptance and ‘getting ahead’. This has no place in God’s Kingdom and Christ’s church here on earth. I have caught myself doing this when I am strategizing how to ‘do right by my family’ or ‘get the best for my team at work’. Lord God, please help me through the leading of your Holy Spirit to see when I am doing this so that I can confess and repent (turn a 180) from that way of thinking and walk upright in Straight Talk and Deed with Genuineness and Veracity.

Today’s Psalm:

Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Psalms 37:16-17 [AMP]

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