Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

is it easy for you to lie?

Lies — first off, I hate to be lied to.  How about you?  Therefore, I have purposed in my heart to speak truth.  (the Golden Rule in action)

Some people think lies have color.  “It’s just a little white lie.”

Some people don’t call it a lie.  They were just fibbing or joking around.

For others,  stretching the truth is the only way they know how to tell a story.

Then there is the “I didn’t lie, I just let you come to the wrong conclusion.”   Deceiving people is just another form of not telling the truth.

The Bible has much to say about speaking the truth.

“I haven’t been writing this to tell you something you don’t know, but to confirm the truth you do know, and to remind you that the truth doesn’t breed lies.” 1 John 2:21 (The Message)

Lies breed more lies.   Once you have told a lie, telling a second lie to cover up the first one is quite common.   Before you know it you find yourself in a web of lies.   Who did you tell what?   I often remind people that lies will be uncovered but by then the damage will have been done.  (Mark 4:22)  Avoid this by telling the truth.

You never have to remember what you told who if truth is on your tongue.

“Don’t steal.

“Don’t lie.

“Don’t deceive anyone.”  Leviticus 19:11 (The Message)

Most people want to be known as a person of integrity.   When we speak, we want people to believe us.  Being a person of integrity includes being a person who speaks truth and not lies.

When backed into a corner — speak truth — even if it brings pain.  The pain of a lie revealed far outweighs any pain truth brings.

Lies can destroy relationships.  Telling someone what you think they want to hear, instead of the truth, only brings distrust when the truth is revealed.   We all know people that we can no longer believe anything that comes out of their mouth.  How very sad.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.”  Proverbs 3:3 (New American Standard Bible)

Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times—speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church.”   Ephesians 4:15 (Living Bible)

I will say it again — the pain of a lie revealed far outweighs any pain truth brings.

til next time

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March 5, 2015 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments