The White Lie Reputation
Posted: Wednesday, February 11
Verse of the day:
Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly. (Matthew 26:74-75)
Have you ever said a “white lie” in order to get out of an uncomfortable situation or problem? Peter did! In order to protect his life from peril, he lied, swore an oath, and cursed. Peter denied Jesus with his words.
People were able to recognize Peter as a follower of Jesus by his accent, but NOT by his words. In Matthew 26:73, Peter is identified as a follower of Jesus because of his Galilean accent. You see, the Galilean accent was very different from the Judean. The difference was so stark that the people from Judea accused Galileans of not speaking properly.
Like Peter, you have an accent that lets people know that you are followers of Jesus. It may be a necklace with a cross, a Christian t-shirt, or a bumper sticker with the outline of a fish and a Christian slogan. It may be the memes you post on Facebook or the music you play in your car from Spotify. It is good to have all these things. However, can people tell you are a Christian by the way you speak or write?
Are you keeping your promises even to your detriment? Are you addressing your spouse, your children, your coworkers, etc. in a respectful manner even when you are upset? Can people tell that you are a follower of Jesus by the way you talk? Are your words glorifying God and edifying your neighbor?
May people recognize you have a relationship with Jesus by the way you communicate!