It is surprising how difficult it can be to be authentic. How often do we avoid the truth? If we believe someone will disapprove of something, we avoid giving straight answers. Some women wives hide from their husbands items they have purchased to avoid being scolded. Some husbands purchase toys without consulting their wives because they assume they will not agree. Some children aren’t honest with their parents when they know they are behaving in a way that would displease them.
What do you suppose would happen if we no longer hid who we really are? Would there be a difference in our relationships? Would we keep the same friends? Would we walk more circumspectly because we knew that everything we did or said would be common knowledge?
The Holy Spirit tells not to lie to one another (Colossians 3:9). What does that really look like?