“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1
Watching the news closely through different sources can cause a person to ask what is the truth. Each newscast presents a different report on what had happened in a situation.
One of the things that is currently being talked about is false or fake news. Reports are being spread around that are not telling the truth. Yet, as they are being spread, more and more people believe the reports and keep on spreading the false reports.
In today’s internet and computer age, this is something that is easily done. Words are taken out of context to say what the person really did not say. Pictures are altered to make it look like something happened, that did not happen. False reports.
This also happens in the local areas, including the church. People see a person doing something, and instead of verifying what happened, they spread a rumor about the person that is out of context. False reports will always tear down another person, rather than build him up.
False reports can damage a person for life. It does not show love, but hatred for a person. This can be public damage or inside personal damage. People will fail to trust, when they hear false reports being spread.
God does not want false reports spread. God is all about telling the truth all the time, every time. God wants His love and truth to be spread. Believers should be the first to stop any false report. When something is heard, a person should check the validity of the statement, before passing it on.
The command God gave the Israelites has not changed since the day He gave it. God is a God of truth, not lies or false reports. God will never hand out a false report to anyone.
As a believer, you need to pattern your life after God. Fill yourself with His love and truth for every person, including your enemies.
Jesus went around building others up towards God, not crushing them down under lies, as Satan and this world does. Jesus said that He is the truth. Live your life as Jesus lived His. Speak and live the truth at all times. Be careful to not spread on a false report about any one or any thing. Speak in truth and love.
I pray today that you will know the truth of God; that God will reveal lies brought to you; that God will give you the strength to stand upon the truth; and that you will always speak God’s truth in every situation in life.