Those who are given to white lies soon become color blind(Author Unknown)
Lying has become conveniently fashionable in our world today, and many feel the only thing wrong with lying is getting caught.“How do you know if a politician is lying,” we often joke, “look at his or her lips—if their lips are moving they are lying.”Lying is tolerated, expected and in many instances acceptable in our modern society but it is also very detrimental to our well being.Lies destroy trust.Those who lie cannot be trusted.Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches and loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual … this falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions (Thomas Jefferson).Lying exposes us to the attacks of demons.King Ahab, Israel’s wickedly infamous leader, led his people into sin and God’s judgment.The Lord was considering a plan on how best to deal with Ahab when an evil spirit came forward and stood before Him saying (1 Kings 22:21), ´I will persuade him.” The Lord said, “In what way?” So the evil spirit said, “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” And the Lord said, “You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.”If we are speaking, doing or living anything other than the truth—we are exposing ourselves to the influence and intent of the kingdom of darkness.A lie is a snowball: the further you roll it, the bigger it becomes (Martin Luther).
Ephesians 4:25 says, “Put away lying and let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor.”Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive (Sir Walter Scott).The ninth commandment says (Exodus 20:16), “You shall not bear false witness….”When in doubt, tell the truth (Mark Twain).
We are called to walk in truth, believe in truth, live the truth and not open doors of deceit, empowering Satan’s attacks against us.Karl Strader, my first Pastor said, “Honesty is not the best policy, it is the only policy.”When we embrace the truth, refusing to compromise even when facing adverse circumstances, we shall be able to stand against all the tricks and schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Submitted 11/15/2008 6:37:38 PM | Author: Dan Turpin