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'Truthfulness' Taken For Granted
Many times, we fail to understand the essence of saying 'Yes' or 'No' to a friend or acquaintance, a colleague, a spouse or family member, or to anyone, more so to a possible adversary for that matter.
In this hub, earning above title the words of Jesus Christ as in Matthew 5:37, we may get inspirations at a glimpse, from the lives of great personalities like well talked about split between movie stars Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, and on the well celebrated and awaited "mega fight," which by the looks of it may never happen, between two talented boxers in P4P King Manny Pacquiao and still wily and undefeated, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Consulting the web dictionary via dictionary.com on 'truthfulness' - before, it was Webster dictionary that came in handy in schools and offices until higher technology changed all these to a better and more convenient innovation with knowledge right in your very fingertips - 'truthfulness' is the state of being truthful,' or 'telling the truth, especially habitually.'
And in the Ten Commandments, we see the importance of telling the truth as against lying or betrayal, as one dishonors the very words he says or may offend others through inconsistent and conflicting statements that he may make out of selfishness, deceit, malice and dishonesty.
On the Ninth Commandment, it states, "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbors."
God did not simply put this commandment among the Ten Commandments for no reason.
He placed it there so we may be guided in putting much weight on honesty and truthfulness in our words, and as it is, an honest person more often deserves much more honor and respect than one whose tongue is like a double edged sword.
It is in Hebrew 4:12-13, that we may learn to understand how the 'words of God' can be 'sharper' than a double edged sword as we may use this as our armor with the shield of faith in our spirit, never waning, and never doubtful, to make us strong and protected in God's lead through Christ, guided by his hand, as we follow his path towards life eternal.
[Read on related post: 'Jesus, our Forgiving Lord,' and the Consciousness of the Mind in a Lifeless Body, that we may learn how we may be empowered in the use of God's words to heal the 'blind that they may see,' the 'deaf that they may listen,' and the 'lame that they may walk.']
And with a repentant heart that exudes honesty and humility comes a renewed being, getting back that trust as one is granted forgiveness of his sins from the Lord, and in him, he acquires, as he is revived and restored, the true beauty of his soul.
In Psalm 51:6, it states, "But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being," as David prays to the Lord for forgiveness of his sins.
Can you imagine how many people have been hurt, have suffered or have died because of fabricated lies or statements which have been far from the truth?
Millions of people have died because of lies and injustice.
Can you believe that this sin is so gross that many people have continued to ignore it thinking that it is 'one of the easiest thing to do' and get away with it?
We just don't know or realize the repercussions of this sin in this life and beyond.
Our continued tolerance to this sin has crept far down to the bones of man that it has become worse than drug addiction.
Any evil that is tolerated may soon cause a rippling effect in society that makes it so hard to stop, an incurable disease, lies in selfishness, greed and corruption - a 'cancer in society.'
In another post on Open Forum.com, "Ashton Kutcher is Not the Answer," I found myself obliged to share my thoughts to this very interesting topic that relates to this hubpost, in my own personal views outside of any of my work affiliations, and my comment follows:
"Marriage is supposed to be forever, or at least, until the death of a spouse. Otherwise, for me, being a true believer in the sacredness of marriage as it is a 'solemn and sacred vow' between a man and a woman to love each other, for richer for poorer, in sickness or good health, until death' do they part. If there was no such ceremony with these vows, then I may call it a farce and falsehood, or some kind of a play or a game of lust or material satisfaction with selfish ends or goals.
'Even entertaining a 'pre-nup' in the marriage makes it a materially influenced marriage which, for me, may not even last, as anything done with material considerations taken is not real love, but material and selfish love, as it is not done with sincerity, or with truthful and noble intentions, with that end in view of making that marriage last forever, as in Matthew 5:37, Jesus said on truthfulness and honoring your words, "Let your 'Yes' be a 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No,' anything beyond this comes from the evil one."
'Love with accountability and forgiveness should prevail, and not 'selfish love' which can lead to sinfulness and trouble upon trouble in marriage life.
'God gives us second chances, many times more. Let us not abuse this or we may see ourselves in more trouble than we can handle as in Romans 12:19, it states, "Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God, for it is written: 'vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.'"
'Pray that we may be guided in the light of Christ Jesus, who is our true Messiah, ever forgiving, but fair and just. If we keep Jesus and his words in our hearts, the more we may find true peace and happiness in this life.
'Demi and Ashton, Jesus loves you and all of us. He wants you back as he wants all of us back, as he created us all in John 1:3, our ver 'being' need to be attuned to his words and to his will, that we may be stronger against all evil in this life."
In our tolerance of perceived lies in any form, we have become ourselves the very accomplice of evil in sin. If someone is to blame, is it not those who tolerate lies in our family - which is the basic form of community - and in our society, who refuse to do or accept correction in the most loving and humble way?
What we may need is the strength and 'authority' to do God's bidding, correcting whatever weakens the spirit, and this includes the lies that we do allow to thrive in our hearts where tolerance may add further coating to our continued numbness to sin.
How do you categorize these familiar situations in our surroundings:
- Corruption in some government entities, in some powerful companies and even in churches where many may learn to live in a lie, sadly, in the bondage of selfishness and greed;
- lies of infidelity to our spouse and sticking to that popular idiom, "Don't ever admit it; no matter what;"
- judging others of hypocrisy when we ourselves lack the love and forgiveness in our own family, at work and in our community, in other words, denying ourselves of true freedom in humility, love and forgiveness as we accept correction and learn to repent as we renew from our old destructive ways; As in John 8:32, Jesus said, "and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,"
- accepting bad or cursing words as just 'simple and plain expressions' not intended to offend anyone, on the contrary, these very words when delivered, carry with them fruits of evil that may further poison the mind wrongly accepted as immaterial and of no ill intent; As in the message of Jesus in Matthew 15:11, we need to be wary of words that may come from our mouth that make us unclean;
- spreading useless and meaningless gossips instead of upholding what is true and being more fruitful as we learn to spread the good news in God's words;
- being tolerant of evil ways that take us away from the truth in God's words in Christ Jesus, allowing that evil seed to prosper in our further weakening spirit, instead of being stronger as we shield ourselves from the power of God's love and mercy, and living in God's words.
May we all be guided out of love and forgiveness, not of hate and ridicule, that we all may contribute to the renewal of our spirit in Christ Jesus, for this life is not our own, but of God, where we all have come from since the beginning of creation.
A Bigger pay for Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao?
In another light, the long awaited fight of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in boxing has never before gained so much global attention and popularity in sports, in social tabloids and news in general.
While I may have followed the fights of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. with keen eyes to the point of trying to analyze his style and his ways inside and outside of boxing , I have been more thrilled watching the fights of Manny Pacquiao, not only because he is my compatriot, being a Filipino myself, but because of his great faith in God.
While the two differ in their ways and style in boxing as in how they differ facing their respective lives in this world, I find Floyd more vocal in his talents and his belief in himself that many times he has a tendency to mock or make fun of his opponents, just as Muhammad Ali does, although the latter has more to his name than what Floyd has in terms of greatness and courage to fight the best in his field.
Manny has been less vocal in his achievements, titles and talents, and whenever possible, he avoided being offensive to anyone, less he may have uttered some criticisms or suggestions which may have been more constructive and guiding than malicious and demeaning.
For whatever it is worth, I have seen him on TV sometimes getting out of hand and may have appeared sometimes defensive to the point of bragging. But all these have been more mellow than Floyd's tirades, many times the latter coming out offensive and hot tempered.
All of us seem to have a tendency to take offence as our ego gets intimidated, and you can count me in, as I too sometimes get out of hand on my comments, and for these instances, I do apologize, as I too can get carried away by my emotions.
One's tendency to be emotional may be as natural as one can be normal.
Feelings may not be either right or wrong, but our negative reactions may cause us to sin as we take offence, overwhelmed by our feelings.
This is when we may see our temper and our blood pressure rise, and yes, rising beyond normal or what is allowable, beyond moderation.
As I usually say, "everything should be taken in moderation, anything beyond that is considered 'excess' or 'extreme' in state, and this, more often than not, may spell trouble."
Keeping our cool under pressure may seem so difficult to do. But it is 'possible,' if only 'we believe,' more so when we are in God, for 'with God, all things are possible.'
[Read on enlightening post: The Evil Virus Spread by Our Ego']
When one makes a mistake, accept it and own it. Passing the buck may not be wise as you may many times find yourself accountable for your actions, as Adam has been made accountable for eating the forbidden fruit after Eve did a good job convincing him.
And like many employers may say to their employees, "own the responsibility, don't deny it," and be held accountable for it.
Wow, tough luck.
Well, that is what you have to face in this world, the truth, reality of our human weakness. For as long as we live in this material world, you may stumble and fall along the way.
And it takes a 'real Man' and a 'Man of Wisdom' to take courage in taking responsibility and accepting accountability, and being stronger in Christ, as he lifts us up healing our wounded souls while we may pick up the pieces either in shame or heads up high as we may realize how truly secured we may be as when we are humbled in the acceptance of our faults and feel the power in his love and mercy as we chose to stay living by and in his grace., .
Keeping guard at all the times, made strong learning from our mistakes, may we always keep our faith as we seek until we find the true light of Christ in our path.
My comment on above post link on ManilaTimes.net "Purse Squabbles Doom Pacquiao - Mayweather" goes:
"I do not think Manny Pacquiao is only after 'money,' as he refuses to budge in from Mayweather's offer of a $40M guarantee for the possible 'mega' fight. It is more about 'fairness' and 'truth' that sets all people 'free.'
'Going down to a level that promotes anything far from the truth is way beyond Manny, as it is the way beyond materialism (that he holds true to his heart). I see it as faith in Christ, for it is about being stronger against the influence of evil, that in giving in to one who dictates his will and his ego for all the wrong reasons and not on real statistics, then you are no less than under his bondage.
'Follow your faith Manny, and keep the light shining in your love for God and of others, that they too may see the light."
Statistics on Manny Pacquiao's popularity over Floyd Mayweather is evident on pay per views results on these two famous boxers' recent fights.
Manny's charisma around the world, not only in America, Mexico and the Philippines combined, further elevates this point in Manny's favor.
Knowing Floyd, he has clearly shown his talent in intimidation and deception. Trying to be one step ahead of Manny in negotiation may be 'smart' indeed, is this, therefore, not a malicious ploy for Floyd to get Manny tucked into his wallet?
He seems to see every opening as a chance to a winning play?
On the other hand, Is Floyd really dead serious in possibly fighting Miguel Cotto, WBA Light Middleweight Champion, who is a hard puncher than Shane Mosley - the latter nearly delivering Floyd his second knockdown, the first being in his last fight with Zab Judah - a better tactician, a no "pushy" like Pacquiao, and one of those he seemingly have avoided in the past? I would be surprised if he is able to even make a headway for this fight, only then I may say, "now he's talking."
And tell me, what will Manny gain accepting Floyd's offer?
In any angle, I cannot see an advantage, more so on the spiritual side, which reminds me of how Jesus ignored temptations from Satan to show off his power being the Son of God after his 40 days and 40 nights of fasting in the desert.
Jesus was hungry after his fasting and reminded every man how man may come out victorious over evil by overcoming the desires of the flesh, and this is in support of his teaching that "man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," as in Matthew 4:4.
In a parallel view, Manny's faithfulness to God and his control over his pride and ego is put to the test, as Mayweather and his team, not Arum, tries to lure him into 'money talks,' and if the $40 million offer appears to rhyme with Christ's 40 days and 40 nights fasting in the dessert, the more Manny should become wary of this test on his faith.
Having pulled some of his dirty tricks by suddenly throwing a combination of flurries that knocked out the unassuming Victor Ortiz immediately after a "break" by the referee, and now to serve a prison term for domestic violence and harassment, Oh boy, is Floyd really in trouble and in a bind? Is this not his own making?
I am sure Floyd can do better, and so with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, and me, and Manny Pacquiao, as all of us can do better pleasing God by being true to our words.
Now, if opening our eyes in our heart through our spirit may provide a better meaning to the relevance of 'living in truth' to 'living in true peace and happiness' in this life, do the power in the words of Christ Jesus mean anything to you?
In Hebrews 3:15, it states, "as it is said, 'To-day as ye shall hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation."
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