Bible Verses

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.” – Luke 12:2

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” – Proverbs 21:3

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” – Proverbs 12:22

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.” – Luke 12:2

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

There are times when it seems inconvenient to be completely truthful.  This is especially the case when the truth causes pain to a loved one.  As many Bible verses tell us, no matter how secret a truth may be, there is always a chance that the details will be revealed.  In almost all cases, the pain when the truth is revealed is much stronger than if the truth were revealed initially. 

It takes strength and courage to tell the truth when you know it will hurt someone or if the truth includes consequences.  In some cases, telling the truth may hurt you.  In all these situations, after time passes, everyone benefits when the truth was told initially.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Tom – football player /graduate student

Tom earned his way through college by playing football at Utah State University.  He played defensive tackle and was selected as an all-conference player.  After finishing his degree at Utah State, he went to school at Notre Dame where he earned his MBA.  Tom purchased a school ring from Notre Dame after he graduated.  He was so proud of that ring.  He always wore it. 

When people noticed the ring, they frequently made comments about how special it was that he went to Notre Dame.  Tom started combining the fact that he played football and that he graduated from Notre Dame.  He left out the fact that he played football at a different school.  After a while, almost everyone thought Tom played football at Notre Dame.   

Then one day Tom hosted a Memorial Day party for all his friends and customers.  Many of the guests invited friends.  Two of the friends who attended the party graduated from Notre Dame about the same time Tom played football.  The two friends asked Tom about some of the players from the Notre Dame football team from a year Tom would have played.  Tom did not know any of the players mentioned.  It became clear after a short period of time that Tom had misled everyone about his football experience.

Unfortunately, this experience exposed Tom’s football experience to all his current friends.  He had no good explanation.  He did mention that he was a college football player and he did go to Notre Dame, but for a graduate degree, not to play football.

If Tom had been honest with everyone from the beginning, everyone would have been impressed with his football experience and his graduate degree.  In this case, he never specifically said he played football for Notre Dame, but it was implied since he never mentioned Utah State.  Not mentioning details for the purpose of misleading people is as dishonest as lying.   Tom’s life was negatively impacted for the rest of his life and it was not necessary.  He would have been just as respected if he had revealed his experience clearly from the beginning.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Had Tom been completely truthful from the beginning and mentioned that he played football at a different school than the one where he earned his MBA, everyone would have felt good about him.  Be honest and truthful all the time.  You will not have to worry about someone exposing details that will hurt you.

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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