“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Colossians 3:9 NIV
Read: Colossians 3:8-12
Has anyone ever lied to you? Maybe, a more accurate question would be: When did someone last lie to you? Boldface lies, twisted truths, half truths and falsely created inaccuracies seem to be the norm in our culture. So many think their deception is OK as their words benefit them without regard to others.
Telling the truth because it is the right thing to do seems to have taken a distant second position to purposeful deceptions in many’s day to day lives. Lies are tolerated as a way of maneuvering towards money, self gratification and power.
How do you feel when someone lies to you? Hurt, betrayed and disappointed come to mind. How do you think others feel when you lie to them? If it is so wrong for others to lie to you, why would it be any more right for you to lie to them? You cannot justify a lie.
Lies are not just words. Any deception or omission of fact is a lie.
Lies are not new. Your Bible tells you of GOD’S people who lied and lived out those lies. Your Bible also tells you of the consequence of not being truthful. If you are smart, you will heed the guidance of these stories.
Abraham, a chosen man of GOD, lied. For fear of losing his life, he told pharaoh that Sarah his wife was his sister. He should have learned. Then, Abraham told King Abimelek the same lie. GOD told the king in a dream of Abraham and Sarah’s deception.
GOD forgave Abraham and Sarah and GOD can forgive you for your lies and deception. Have you gone to GOD in prayer and asked HIM to forgive you? There are no small lies with GOD. GOD will forgive you if you ask. Ask HIM!
Today’s prayer: “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for forgiving me for my past lies and deceptions. Remind me to forgive those who have lied to me. Help me to control my tongue and actions to be truthful in all things. Amen.”