25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Thoughts of verse
It is rarely easy to speak truthfully, and yet that is what we are called to do. Scripture says, “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). Note the reason for speaking truthfully—because we are all connected to each other. If we spread deceit or cannot be trusted to tell the truth, the entire body is affected. Keep this in mind when tempted to spread rumors of deception or compromise the truth.
Paul has described sin as both corrupting and deceptive. Paul concludes that "the new self" includes putting away falsehood. This means not being self-deceptive, dishonest, or scheming. In Jesus, there is no falsehood (John 7:18). Instead, Paul teaches his readers to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), emphasizing truth in this verse.
God wants us to invite Him—the Spirit of Truth—into our hearts to deal with us…to reveal the truth so we can be set free. The Spirit of Truth will be our safeguard. We will not be misled by skilled liars using a self-justifying excuse of “speaking the truth” as a cover up to manipulate, retaliate, and tear down others. All such behavior is simply a lie masquerading as the truth.
Father, Jesus said that it is out of the overflow of our hearts, that our mouths are fed with words to build up or to tear down. I ask, Father, that we might be people of truth deep within our hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.