Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

Some of us think we’re doing someone else a favor by not telling them the truth. We’re not. We’re only deceiving someone else because we’re afraid of their response or reaction. People lie to children about Santa Claus, people lie to their boss saying they like something they really hate, and people lie to their spouses about their appearance or behavior.

John 8:44 says Satan is the father of lies. So, if we choose to lie about something, we’re operating under demonic influences. It’s not helping them. It’s hurting them. On the other hand, if we speak the truth in love according to Ephesians 4:15, God Who is truth, is in the midst of our conversation and there’s enough grace on that truth for it to be well received.

Regardless of how kind we are, there will be some who get upset because they didn’t get the answer they wanted, but that’s on them. As believers, speaking the truth in love is what we should ALWAYS do. Don’t be afraid. Be honest.