Smooth Talkers

“Lets do lunch sometime.”

Have you heard this before?  It’s an easy thing to say but its an empty statement without follow through.  Its almost like saying, “I enjoyed our visit but I am not committing to anything further at this time, except to tell you that the idea of spending time together in the future is a possibility…..if I have the time.”

If you really want to spend more time with someone, why not say, “Its been so good seeing you, how about lunch next week?  When our you available?”

This is commitment and speaks truth into relationship.

Do people trust your word?  One thing I love about my husband is he speaks truth.  People can trust him. When he says he will do something, it will get done.  He will go out of his way to follow through with a promise and a commitment.  If he says, “lets do lunch”, he will call you and book it.  He is not a fluffy talker, and if you ask him for an opinion, he will be honest.

Our world is full of smooth talkers; people who tell you what you want to hear rather than what is truth.  Even in the church you will find conniving, dishonest behavior from people who serve their own interests.

Eventually your words and deeds will catch up with you.  Maybe its a lie, maybe its your business practices, but once you prove yourself untrustworthy or unethical, its difficult to recover in relationships.

Here are a couple of verses to think about.

Just say a simple, ‘Yes I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is a from the evil one.  (Matthew 5:37 New Living Translation)

A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. (Proverbs 14:5)

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