Today you should read: Genesis 12:10-20
When is it ok to lie? When you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? If it will help you get ahead? If you’re afraid? What if you just color the truth a bit… or tell most of the truth but hold back a few pertinent facts?
This is a real problem for many of us – years of bad habits have led us to believe that a “little white lie” is OK. Let me be clear – lying is NEVER ok. There isn’t any such thing as a harmless lie, and telling a half-truth is the same as telling a whole lie. This applies to cheating as well.
Why did Abraham – a righteous man do it? What about other Bible characters that we read about that lied? Why would the Bible tell us about it if there wasn’t some times that it is OK? Just because the Bible recorded people doing it doesn’t mean God condones it. The Bible records people doing lots of things that are wrong.
God speaks clearly about lying… “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:9-10. Again, in Ephesians 4:25, “therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
You can also read about it in Proverbs 19:5, Leviticus 19:11, Proverbs 12:19 and 22, Revelation 21:8, and more.
So… let’s fix this in our lives. Make a commitment to begin today to speak truth and not to lie in any form (exaggerating, cheating, or speaking), and if you do – to apologize and make things right. God will honor it!
Posted by: Tim Parsons