By Caitlin Chodakowsky
I can't help but cringe when a TV series or movie character lies about something important or holds back significant information from a loved one. We can all quickly guess it will cause conflict at some point in the story when the truth finally comes out...and it always does.
The characters say things like "it's for the best" or "the truth will only hurt them", and holding back the truth seems easily justified at the time.
I find myself yelling at the TV screen "just tell them the truth!" as if it will make a difference to the show somehow.
The outcomes of hiding the truth are often messy, breaking up relationships or creating a ripple effect of bad consequences.
Our own lives don't have to play out like a soap opera or drama film.
It seems easier to figure out the right thing to do when we know these characters are inevitably going to have to face the music but much harder when it comes to ourselves.
Little white lies and mere omission of certain information seems harmless at the time or even something for the better but have you ever considered the long-term consequences of these things?
You only have to look at your favorite TV drama or film to know it never ends well.
The unknown author of the quote "The truth may hurt a little while but a lie hurts forever" had an interesting point.
And even before the truth is exposed, it will continue to haunt and hurt you until it is. Nothing comes of lying but pain.
Jesus also cared about the truth and boldly told people that if they wanted to be one of His followers, and reap the benefits of this, they would need to obey Him and His Word.
With this He shared these famous words: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32)".
Jesus also claimed to be The Truth (see John 14:6). It is not only important for us to tell the truth but to know The Truth. Avoid the TV drama. Truth is ultimately freedom.•