“the naked truth is better than the best dressed lie”*

This quote is too good to pass up so I must pass it along.

There is a small quick read that I believe maybe out of print but worth a look if you can find it or scoop it up if ever see it at a second hand bookstore. It is called Beauty Tips for the Tongue and there are great lessons on truthfulness.

This quote goes so well with thinking about truthfulness, right? “The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.”

There are many other great reads and good study material about the tongue (two of my go-tos are: 30 days to Tamingwhat you say (and don’t say) will improve your relationships or how about this title: Keep it Shut what to say, when to say it, and when to say nothing at all).

There is even a book titled The Naked Truth. https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Truth-Behind-Every-Woman/dp/154560696X/ref=nodl_

But, the best resource and all we ever need to improve our speech is applying the scriptures.

Don’t know where to start? My go-to is James. So much wisdom packed in those 5 chapters! This is a good book to read over and over and over again. Here is a couple suggestions. Read it every Monday – Friday by reading chapter 1 on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, etc or in any order of your choosing.

When our children were small, we worked on memorizing whole chapters at a time over the school years. For example, if one of them was in the 3rd grade, we would work on memorizing chapter 3 that year with the desire that by the time they all moved out of the house, a whole book of the Bible was hidden well in their hearts with hopes they would apply its wisdom. It is so easy to use the tongue in nonconstructive ways.

Ever have one of those moments where you think: “I can’t believe I just said that!” A slip of the tongue can reap all kinds of havoc – havoc in all kinds of relationships from family to personal to business. Learn to bridle your tongue and always tell the truth. If an untruth slips out, immediately correct it. This is so much easier than if any amount of time passes.

I was so impressed once when someone had lied to us about a restaurant we recommended. They were initially embarrassed to tell us they got lost and ended up at McDonald’s. That phone call to share the truth has so impacted me even now almost 2 decades later.

How many of you out there is cyberspace would be so bold to call up and correct the wrong of a lie that where the other would might not ever even know happened?

It was for them to come clean and clear their conscience, but that brief phone call has reminded me all these years later of what we need to do when untruth comes out – simply CORRECT IT! And do it quickly!

Remember: “The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.”

be.the.church

by speaking truth.

The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy.” Proverbs 12.22

“…let us not just love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” I John 3.18

Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18.21

*Ann Landers

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