Bible Verses

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator.”— Colossians 3:9

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”  James 1-26

“Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”    Ephesians 4-25

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

You can work very hard to read the Bible, go to Church, and contribute to others; but if you are not truthful, your religious work will be worthless.  It takes discipline to be truthful with everyone, especially when others attack you. There are many reasons people make false statements.  Sometimes it is to make themselves look better, it could be to benefit financially, or it could be to avoid hurting someone.  Regardless of the reason, it is important to make the effort to not deceive anyone.  If you are always honest, you will reap benefits over time.

Sometimes it is expedient to express a falsehood in an effort to avoid confrontation.  However, when the falsehood is disclosed, the result is much more painful than the original confrontation.  It is always better to stop and think about your commitment to the truth rather than respond quickly with an untruthful reply.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Salesperson reviewing details.

A salesperson for a company that sells computer software is in the process of closing a sale.  The potential customer asks the salesperson what support is included with the sale.  The salesperson’s motivation is to close the sale.  The salesperson states that when the software does not complete one of the defined tasks, the support team will immediately repair the software.  The potential customer decides to purchase the software. 

The actual support policy for the software states that only specific software issues are covered and some of them will not be corrected until the next version release. 

The new customer experiences a challenge with the software and notifies the support team.  The issue was one that is not corrected until the next release.  When the support team notifies the customer that the problem will be fixed with the next release, the customer becomes very angry and writes many bad reviews about the software on the Internet.  The negative impact on the company was substantial.

If the salesperson had initially taken the time to explain what the software support covers and how long it takes to remedy specific issues, the sale may or may not have been completed, but the software company’s reputation would not have been damaged.   If the sale of the software application is a good deal for the consumer, then it is worth taking the time to be truthful about what is included with the sale.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Taking the time, to be honest with people from the beginning is good for both parties.  Withholding the truth to save time, generate a better outcome, or avoid embarrassment, will not be a benefit in the long term.  Developing a reputation as someone who always tells the truth will improve your life much more than the temporary benefit of avoiding a situation by not being truthful. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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