Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Matthew 27: 27 – 31
Telling the truth led to mockery and death for Jesus. Truth is what we ask of others, but sometimes we’re afraid to tell it ourselves – it feels easier to tell a lie and avoid the consequences of truth. We can be afraid of mockery, afraid to cause hurt, afraid to be rejected. We long for a quiet life. It often takes more courage to tell the truth than it does to lie. It can be terrifying to be truthful and it can be terrifying to hear the truth. But unless we tell the truth, nothing will change in our lives, our relationships or our society.
Prayer: Loving Father, give me the courage to be truthful, I pray, because I am often fearful. Give me also your grace to be loving in how I tell the truth, and your wisdom to know when to hold silence. All these things are beyond me, but you, Lord, have infinite wisdom, love and courage and I pray that you would bless me with them. For your glory, Amen.
Action: next time you feel tempted to tell a small lie, to avoid a difficulty, notice what you are doing and think of how you could honour God by responding differently.