“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” – Ephesians 4:25
“Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” – Matthew 5:37
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
Being honest with all encounters with other people will benefit everyone. There are so many occasions when it seems that hiding the truth by providing lengthy explanations, or misleading people without actually lying is the best choice. Not only does misleading people cause challenges, but you must also feel the guilt of knowing you were dishonest.
It takes strength in character to simply give direct honest answers to difficult situations, but the long-term effect of being direct and honest is much more positive.
Sometimes we believe we are being kind to someone when we mislead them in an effort to save them pain. However, often the consequences of the person learning the truth are much more painful than if they knew the truth originally.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
Bob owned a software company that sold business applications to wholesale companies. Bob knew that maintaining a good relationship with his customers was critical to his business. One of his customers reported a challenge with processing a couple of transactions. Bob knew the cause of the challenge right away, but he did not want the customer to know that the software was the reason for the problem. Instead of telling the customer that there is a problem with the application, and it must be fixed, Bob told the customer that there was a problem with the transactions his company entered, and they needed to enter reversing transactions to balance the numbers.
The customer said he would enter the reversing transactions and the customer thanked Bob for his help.
Then two months later Bob held a conference with all his customers to show them the new version of the software. During the breaks, the customers talked with each other. The customers discovered that four of them had the same issue with processing transactions. All four customers were told their transactions were the cause of the challenge.
Not only did the customers lose any trust in the owner, but they also communicated the issue to all the other customers. The loss to the business from Customers switching to other applications was devastating.
If Bob had been honest in the beginning and taken the time to repair the application, the affected customers would probably have stayed with the software and had respect for Bob.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Sometimes it seems easier to hide the truth or mislead someone than to explain a situation. However, when you analyze this process over a long period of time, it is much better to be direct and honest in the beginning and you will feel better about yourself.