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What Have You Learned From Lying
Honesty...the easy way
Four high school boys were late for their morning classes. They swore to their teacher they were late because of a flat tire. “No problem,” the teacher replied. “I’m “sorry, you missed a test that was given. But, I’m willing to let you make it up right now.” She gave each of them a piece of paper and a pencil, then sat each one in each of the four corners of the room. There was only one question. Which tire was flat?
The real question – “were they telling the truth?” If so, then there is no problem, if not, well….Let’s assume they were lying. Potentially, each boy could give a different answer, really putting them in a predicament. Of course, not missing class would have been the right thing to do. Anyway, let’s look at three lessons you can learn from a lie.
First Lesson: The Lord already knows. Psalm 139:4 says the Lord knows what you are going to say, before you do. That seems pretty intimidating to me. But a lot of people seem to forget who the Master Creator is and that He knows all. Deut 10:12-13 says, “…What does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in ALL His ways, to love Him and to worship the Lord your God with ALL your heart and ALL your soul? Keep the Lord’s commands….” Being more Christ-like and Christ-centered should be a common goal amongst believers. That being the case, then honesty must be a major focus. Heb 6:18 says it’s impossible for God to lie. Why should we be any different?
Second Lesson: God hates lying. Proverbs 6:16-19 says there are seven things that are detestable to God: arrogant eyes, lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness, on who stirs up trouble. Notice lying shows up twice in that list. Here again, I will emphasize if we desire to be Christ-like then we will hate lying as well. God commanded the Israelites in Leviticus 19:11 not to lie to one another. Simple, right? Think about it. You tell one lie, then you have to tell another lie to cover up the first lie you can’t remember. It’s more difficult to make up stories every time you have to explain yourself. Next thing you know everything takes on the domino effect…you can’t get your story straight…now you’ve been caught in more than one lie! Honesty at the outset is so much easier. You only have one story to remember and it doesn’t change each time it’s told. Still, you will suffer the consequences for the wrong act, but not for the numerous lies you could have told to cover it up.
Third Lesson: Liars can still be saved. Hebrews 4:13 says nothing is hidden from God, so you can be certain your sins or lies will find you out. We have to remember Satan is the father of lies and we should make every effort possible to resist the temptation of lying. The easy way out isn’t always the best way. Remember the second lesson – God hates lying? According to Revelation 21:8 liars will suffer the same fate as Satan, being thrown into the lake of fire. As Christians claim the promise in 1John 1:19, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” Cleanse us from ALL sin, not just certain ones. What a wonderful promise; all you have to do is claim it and avoid spending eternity in Hell.
Honesty is a direct reflection of our inner character, and that’s a large part of being a good witness for Christ. As a Christian, lying simply put, destroys your witness. Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean Satan will leave you alone. On the contrary, he will try much harder to get you to lose your focus on Jesus. If he can’t take you with him, he will do everything he can to ruin your witness. Lying creates a lack of respect and trust among family and friends. We must work hard at being truthful, even if it hurts. At least you maintain trust and keep a clear conscience.
In the 18th century King Frederick of Prussia visited a prison in Berlin where all the inmates tried to convince the monarch of their innocence. All except one man, who sat quietly in a corner while the rest told their complicated stories. The King asked him, “Why are you here?” “Armed robbery, your honor.” “Were you guilty?” “Yes, sir,” he replied. King Frederick then gave the guard an order. “Release this man I don’t want him corrupting all these innocent people.”
In John 8:32 Jesus tells us, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” When we confess our failures and admit our needs for God’s amazing grace, the truth will set us free.