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June 6, 2014

THE JOY LADY: Listen: Saying what you mean, speaking the truth

Sometimes we don’t always speak the truth. Even when we say one thing, we mean another.

When we tell people, “You look so young,” what we really mean is, “I can’t believe how old you are.” When we say we have everything we need, what we really mean is that our house is so full of stuff we have no place to put anything else. When we say we never repeat gossip, what we really mean is you’d better listen closely the first time.

When we say our checking account is overdrawn, what we really mean is that our checking account has been underdeposited. When we say to a friend, “Don’t worry, it’s just a minor operation,” what we are really saying is “For goodness sake, I’m glad they’re doing that to you and not to me.”

When we say we want nothing more than a team effort, what we really mean is that we want a lot of people to do things our way. When we say we are students of economics, what we really mean is that we have just realized that the best time to make those purchases we just made would have been last year. When we ask our bosses for a raise to cover the rising standard of living, what we really mean is that we want more money to cover our rising standard of longing.

When we accuse others of having radical opinions, what we really mean is that their opinions differ radically from ours. When a wife tells her husband she doesn’t expect him to be perfect, what she really means is if he were perfect, she wouldn’t have anything to complain about.

Sometimes, we don’t always speak the truth. Even when we know the truth, we don’t always speak the truth.

Here are some truths. We all sin: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Jesus died for those sins: “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God (1 Peter 3:18).

Jesus is the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and Ruler of us all (1 Timothy 6:15), and the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

Those who know Jesus know that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Those who don’t know Jesus are bewildered at our reverence for Him. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31, 32).

Do you know the truth? Then speak up.

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, may be reached at vrdspeaks@

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