Commandments 12

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Commandments – Day 12

Exodus 20:16

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.

The Thought

Most of us would think today that this should not be necessary as a commandment. And yet each of us with a family has had to teach our children to be honest about everything they say and do. Looking back, if we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we have been tempted to not tell the whole truth at some point in our lives, about ourselves and about others. In this commandment God was wanting His people to be honest about others. Remember when Jesus was asked Who is my neighbour? His response was to tell the story of “the good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).

Ever since the beginning of time satan has been tempting humans to not be perfectly honest. He still whispers to some of us Did God really say… (Genesis 3:1).

Truth is an important subject. It is mentioned throughout the Bible. We did a whole study on it a few months ago, reminding ourselves that Jesus told us that He is Truth personified (John 14:6).

Jesus also told us You will know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:32).

The book of proverbs also has much to say about truth, and being honest about ourselves as well as about others we talk about. Proverbs 26:28 is a good example. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.


Challenge yourself today to be perfectly honest in everything you think and say about others. How well do you like your neighbours? Remember that St. Paul wrote to the Galatian church telling them that the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbour as yourself (Galatians 5:14).

Read that chapter today for other good advice that Paul gave to his readers. Or read the “Good Samaritan” story in Luke 10:25-37.

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