Motivation is key to serving Christ. We must move from selfish motives to gratitude for all He’s done for us.
5 A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
What we say reveals what we believe, especially how we say it. Take lying, for instance. There are two motivations for not lying:
1. The Ten Commandments- “Thou shalt not bear false witness” Exodus 20:16 (Old Covenant).
2. Jesus’s command to love one another, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” John 13:34 (New Covenant).
The first comes from a selfish motive in that we don’t lie in order to avoid God’s wrath, i.e. His discipline or punishment. The Israelites obeyed so that they would be able to keep their land and avoid being dispossessed. That old covenant is with them; let’s leave it there. We are under a New law, the law of love!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jn 13:34
Under the New Covenant, here is how we are to approach lying (and all forms of sin):*
- Lying dishonors the one to whom the lie is told. Lying communicates protecting me is more important than honoring you. God honored us by sending His Son to die for us… who am I to dishonor those whom God has honored?
- Lying devalues the recipient. Lying says, “You’re not worth the truth.” Jesus declared us valuable by dying on the Cross for us. Who am I to treat as worthless those to whom God has bestowed the status of sons and daughters?
- Lying breaks the relationship. God sent Jesus to repair the broken relationship between Himself and humankind. Who am I to break a relationship with someone for whom God paid so high a price to establish and restore one?
We should tell the truth because Jesus is TRUTH (John 14:6) and we want to be like Jesus. Out of gratitude for giving us honor, worth, and a relationship with Him, we ought to tell the truth.
Let’s think like Jesus and be motivated according to His way of thinking. It’s important!
*Note: Taken from several sources.