A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Proverbs 16:23
Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool — how much worse lying lips to a ruler! Proverbs 17:7
Sometimes our words are weaponized. Having been both the sender and the receiver of hurtful speech, we are acquainted with the damage it can bring. Gossip, slander, degrading comments, false accusations, and rumor mongering are but a few of the missiles we fire at people who are not our enemies. Lying is p perhaps the most destructive way in which we can launch our words. Once spoken, we have no control over the range of our words or their effect. Even if we apologize and seek forgiveness, there is often irreparable damage to those we have disappointed, misled, or involved in our deception. Beyond that is the cloud we’ve cast over our own integrity. As believers in truth, we ought to be truth-tellers. (source: copied)
Consider this: Purpose to be truthful in all things, big and small. How does a basic commitment to always telling the truth help you grow in godliness?