One Another Devotion - Day 17
To tell the truth
Ephesians 4:25 The Passion Translation
So discard every form of dishonesty and lying so that you will be known as one who always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another.
#9: Don’t bear false witness against your neighbor. It means - don’t lie.
Crazy statistic, but nearly every poll taken about lying that I found when I searched the internet came up with close to the same numbers: most people lie 2 times a day. Seriously. I’m not lying.
Little white lies.
Lies of omission.
As I’m thinking of all those, I guess I can see it. It is quite possible to lie at least 2 times a day.
I believe God knew that this would be a big issue for us humans - so #9 on the Commandment List is surely needed. And it is why Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4:25 to always tell the truth.
Lying. One problem is - the truth usually comes out. But in the meantime, lies destroy marriages and friendships and business partnerships and families and then this habit goes on to destroy our integrity. Once someone has caught us in a lie, it is very difficult for them to ever trust us again. See ya later integrity. Hello broken relationship.
Lying is like a tidal wave that begins in a small way far in the distance of the ocean but swells up and spills over on to the beaches of our lives and leaves all kinds of wreckage in its wake.
Lying is like a ravaging disease that slowly eats us up on the inside and then eventually makes its way outside of our body and infects the people around us.
Lying is like a fire built in the middle of what we think is a private little forest that spreads so quickly that soon vegetation and trees and structures and living creatures have all paid a devastating price.
You see, since we belong to one another, lying doesn’t just hurt us, it hurts others, too.
The opposite of lying is honesty, truthfulness. We need to have incredible self control and stop lying. When we want to exaggerate - we stop, and are honest. When we want to tell a little white lie, we shake our head and deny the temptation and instead, tell the truth. When we are tempted to tell the big whopping lie that so easily comes off our lips, we ask Holy Spirit to convict us and strengthen us to tell the truth.
Lying doesn’t just affect us. We belong to one another, so lying affects these people that we love and to whom we are close. So we need to stop lying.
I’m working on that today. I’m really trying to not lie at all today. And then, I’m going to work on it again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. I want it to always tell the truth. Will you join me?
1. When has someone else’s lie affected you and your life?
2. When has something you have lied about affected someone else’s life?
3. Do you see how lying affects more than just the liar?
4. Ask God to forgive you for lying and ask Holy Spirit to strengthen you to be a truth-teller each day.