Have you ever met, spoken, or known people who wear masks? I know that I have before. Perhaps, you have as well. You may think of that person right now. Maybe, that person is even you!
When you speak to the mask-wearing people, you will know it. There are pretenses underneath or behind their conversation. You just know it when you talk with them. They are saying one thing but you know that there is an underlying motive or intention. They smile while they talk with you. However, you can tell that they are thinking something else when they are speaking with you. Perhaps, there may be insincerity in what they are saying to you. Maybe, there is a superficiality or fakeness in the people. Or...they say one thing but you can tell they are thinking something totally opposite...something contradictory.
In God's word, He mentions that people love falsehood over truthfulness, "You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth." (Psalm 52:3, NIV)
Our Father God wants all people to be real, sincere, honest, and truthful with one another.
He instructs us, "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body." (Ephesians 4:25, NIV)
In addition, a conversation between Joshua and Achan confirms this truth.
Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me."
Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath." (Joshua 7:19-21, NIV)
The next time you encounter one of the mask-wearing people open up and speak the truth to them. (Ephesians 4:15) Hope and pray that they also do the same with you. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Then, little by little, it will be easier for everyone to take off the masks and be truthful with each other every time.
Father, remove anything from us that is not of you. Mold us and make us more into the image of your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to cooperate with you and your completed work through your word and your spirit. We want to be the people you created us to be for your purpose and plans. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) Thanks you for loving us unconditionally and helping us each and every step of the way. In Jesus' name. Amen!
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