Let's Talk About Speaking the Truth

by Rose Taylor

Ephesians 4:21-22, 25

Since you really listened to him and were taught how the truth is in Jesus, change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires . . . . Therefore, after you have gotten rid of lying, Each of you must tell the truth to your neighbor because we are parts of each other in the same body. —Ephesians 4:21-22, 25


The apostle Paul often used the illustration of believers in Christ as a body with each part functioning in support of the whole. Just as an arm would not deliberately send disease to a leg, believers should not infect one another with lies. A Christian’s relationship with Christ and with others can be seriously damaged by lies. Lies do not promote nor produce trust in relationships. Paul urges the believers to speak truth that will strengthen relationships, especially within the body of Christ.

Questions to Discuss:

When are you most tempted to lie?

Do you believe “little white lies” are acceptable? Why or why not?

In what ways can lies damage relationships?

How does the truth strengthen relationships?

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