Then—a handshake, a witness, perhaps a few lines scribbled and signed. It was a time when one’s word was trusted, reputation respected, and name honored.  

Now—triplicate forms, notarization, and legal counsel. We’ve been painfully schooled by dishonest motives and deceptive words. We’ve been threatened and sued, trampled and slandered. Self-interest excuses dubious behavior and fear compromises our integrity.

In Eternity—no ambiguity or lies, cheating or duplicity. Everyone will be authentic and trustworthy. We will have honest discourse that edifies. Our speech will be honorable, marked by sincerity and truth. We won’t doubt one another or suspect motives. Pleasant words will flow from pure hearts and settle peacefully within us.

It’s not the good old days I long for, but the glorious future. I cannot wait.

In the meantime,

  • Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely.  Zechariah 8:16-17
  • My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. Proverbs 8:7-8
  • Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind. Psalm 15:1-4

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