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The Veil of Destruction

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

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Desiring truth

Truth is valued differently within various cultures. Saving face may be more important than telling the truth. Better to lie and keep someone happy than tell the truth and make them sad. While in Sudan a dear friend told a series of lies to spare me worry. However, I prefer being told the truth!

Zach and I rarely ask strangers for directions overseas since many people would rather lie and give poor directions than say, “I don’t know.” Honesty is the best policy.

Partial truths

Do you struggle with honesty? Are your yes, yes, and your no, no? Are you in a habit of telling part truths, which equates to being partly honest? (Partly honest is simply, not honest).

The veil of destruction is a gradual veil, beginning with mild distortions. Words and thoughts eventually become more twisted. Over the next few days give careful attention to what you say. Monitor your speech and be strong enough to tell the truth, even if it means exposing some past inconsistencies.

Distorting the truth

What is worse, lying to spare others or believing a lie to spare yourself? Both fail the measurement of truth.

Deception and distortion ultimately brings destruction.

Enough with the little white lies! If you want off a committee, be honest. Children are not an excuse when you no longer want to attend an event. If you want to buy an item that is more wanted than needed, do not justify the purchase by lying.

The unveiling

Take time to consider the veil of destruction. Prayerfully consider the results of dishonesty. Speak truth instead of deceiving and being deceived. Ask God to help you with truthfulness. Live according to His standard of truth and be unveiled from lies that bring ruin.

How has the veil of destruction affected you? Share your comments below.

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Comments

  1. Many times my spirits are depleted when I trust in believing somebody who says the work on a project will be completed in x-amount of days. I see the best in people and know they are capable of telling the truth, so I will usually believe what you tell me until you give me a reason not to believe or trust you. Even after my disappointment, I still struggle to not trust them because I am such an optimist. So I have learned to hold “truths” told to me with an open hand and then rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit and the perfect timing of God. After two years of ups and downs, I am beginning to level out and learn how to let go of my American mindset and be more open and understanding (not allowing frustration to creep in as fast) to the culture I am currently living in.

  2. Adam, letting go of cultural backgrounds is always a challenge, no matter how many years you’ve been removed from a home culture. However, learning to embrace the way others think and behave does help relieve some of the tension caused by differing value systems. What I’ve come to discover is I value time more than I should and by shifting to valuing relationships more, I have become less frustrated with the way others behave and work. I’m glad to hear you feel like you’re “leveling out”. It’s a nice place to be after transitioning to new place.