“Now that you have put away falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor.”—EPH. 4:25.
TRUTH has been a controversial subject for ages. In the sixth century B.C.E., Greek poet Alcaeus said: “There is truth in wine.” That implied that truth is revealed only after a person has overindulged in wine and perhaps is more eager to talk. First-century Roman Governor Pontius Pilate also reflected a warped view of truth when he cynically asked Jesus: “What is truth?”—John 18:38.
Conflicting attitudes about truth abound in our day. Many people say that the word “truth” has various shades of meaning or that truth differs from one person to another. Others are truthful only when it is convenient or expedient. The book The Importance of Lying states: “Honesty may be a noble ideal, but it has little value in the life and death struggle for survival and security. Man has little choice in the matter—he must lie to live.”
How different it is for Christ’s disciples! Jesus’ view of truth was not philosophical. He always spoke the truth. Even his enemies acknowledged: “Teacher, we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth.” (Matt. 22:16) Likewise today, genuine Christians imitate Jesus’ example. They do not hesitate to speak the truth. They wholeheartedly agree with the apostle Paul, who admonished fellow believers: “Now that you have put away falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor.” (Eph. 4:25)