Lord, guide us so that we don’t hurt people with our words. Stop us from lying and bearing false witness. Because in doing so we miss the opportunity to spread Your word. We admit that we are sometimes less than honest to our neighbor. We don’t like confrontation or a disagreement. We want to be liked. And so we might stretch the truth beyond the breaking point. Forgive us, Lord, when we testify falsely in our lives. Help us to be someone who speaks and lives truthfully. We want to reflect Your character in all that we do and say by being truthful. Help us to spread Your truth and shine Your light of grace with our words and actions. All praise be to You, God of truth! Amen.