TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Though that was the name of a TV show many years ago, that is not the “Truth or Consequences” that I am talking about. I am talking about the whole truth versus the half-truths, lies, or deceit that many masterfully get away with…at least for a time or in this world.
You see, there are those who are very honest. These are the ones who have a “pure” heart and telling lies is not part of their nature. Then you have others who would never tell the whole truth. Many of these people manage to say what people want to hear and are able to manipulate their conversations depending on who they are talking to. Many times these become “professional liars or pathological liars” and do not even show any of the physiological signs that most normal people would exhibit when not telling the truth—the signs that are picked up by polygraphs or lie-detector tests. So unfortunately, many innocent people can be manipulated, tricked, or deceived into believing the lies. They think that they are getting a jewel of a person, but they are really getting an imitation—not the real thing. That is why we need to know what to look for before we get involved with someone. We need to realize that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) In other words, what is in their heart will be exhibited by what comes out of their mouths. The signs may be subtle, but there will be signs.
In some of my previous posts, I have discussed how you can tell a person by the fruit that he/she produces…in other words, their behavior or how they act or the words out of their mouths. In another post, I discussed what true love is…patient, kind, not boastful, etc…Love does not hurt. It is not abusive. So the reason that I am bringing this up is that it is important that we know the TRUTH about someone—or we will suffer the CONSEQUENCES!! Whether the consequence of being deceived or tricked is divorce, or marrying an abuser, or marrying someone just after your money, it hurts when a victim finds out that they were used and betrayed. But, God knows all truth. He knows what is in everyone’s heart. He knows who has the pure heart and who does not. And He will be the final judge. Many of these liars and deceivers may have gotten away with hurting their innocent victims during this lifetime, but we all have to answer for what we have done in this life and will have consequences for our own actions. And even though divorce, abuse, and being betrayed hurts, I would much rather be the one with the pure heart.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”