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Lying: Walk Honestly in Christ

Psalm 33:4

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

This topic is as old as humanity itself, a topic that we all have encountered in our lives, a topic that, unfortunately, we all have participated in at some point. I am talking about lying. The Bible is very clear in its stance on lying. In Proverbs 12:22, it says, "The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy." This is a powerful statement that underscores the importance of honesty in our lives. God loves truth and despises deceit.


Lying is a sin that can easily become a habit if left unchecked. It can start with a small white lie, perhaps told to avoid embarrassment or to spare someone's feelings. However, once we start down that path, it becomes easier and easier to lie again. We begin to justify our lies, telling ourselves that they are harmless or even necessary. But brethren, let us not be deceived.


In the book of Ephesians, Apostle Paul exhorts us in chapter 4 verse 25 to "put away falsehood, speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another." This is a call for us to be honest, not just with God, but with each other. We are all part of the body of Christ, interconnected and interdependent. When we lie to one another, we are not just hurting that person; we are hurting the entire body of Christ.


Lying also damages our relationship with God. In Psalm 101:7, David declares, "No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence." God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. When we lie, we are distancing ourselves from Him and hindering our spiritual growth.


But the good news is that God is a forgiving God. In 1 John 1:9, it says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." This is a promise that we can hold onto. When we come to God with a repentant heart, confessing our sins and turning away from them, He forgives us. He cleanses us and makes us new.


So, brothers and sisters, let us strive to be people of truth. Let us be honest in our words and actions. Let us remember that every time we are tempted to lie, we are given a choice. We can choose to follow the ways of the world, or we can choose to follow God. Let us choose God.


As we go about our week, let us pray for the strength to resist the temptation to lie. Let us ask God to help us be truthful in all our dealings. And let us encourage each other to walk in truth, for as Jesus said in John 8:32, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."


Heavenly Father, we come before You today, seeking Your guidance in our quest for honesty. You are the God of truth, the One who detests lying lips and delights in those who are trustworthy. We confess that we have fallen short of Your glory, and have allowed deceit to taint our words and actions. We ask for Your forgiveness, Lord, and the strength to turn away from this sin.

We understand that every lie we tell, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is an affront to Your holy nature. It not only hurts those around us, but it also damages our relationship with You. We yearn for a pure and truthful heart, Lord. We desire to walk in the light of Your truth, to be honest in our dealings with others, and to reflect Your integrity in all that we do.

God, we ask that You help us resist the temptation to lie. When we are faced with situations where we may be inclined to be untruthful, remind us of Your word in Proverbs 12:22, that You delight in those who are trustworthy. Let this be our motivation to choose truth over deceit, honesty over falsehood.

We also pray for the courage to speak the truth, even when it is difficult or uncomfortable. Give us the wisdom to do so in love, so that we may build up and not tear down. Let our words and our actions reflect Your love and truth in this world.

Finally, Lord, we pray You would help us encourage one another in truth. Let us be a community that values honesty and integrity, and that holds each other accountable in love. May we be a shining example of Your truth to the world around us. In the name of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life, we pray. Amen.