My boss was reduced to tears today because she got caught lying by her (on and off again) boyfriend. He’s dumped her.
My mum always used to say a phrase if she ever suspected me of lying, “what a tangled web we weave when first we set out to deceive!” Come to think of it, this may account for my unreasonable fear of spiders…
My parents taught me to face the consequences of my actions – if you get caught, it will only make matters worse! But, its funny how the telling of ‘little white lies’ have a habit of being ‘ok’ – when really, a lie is a lie. And like my boss, in the end, liars are mainly lying to themselves.
The commandments set out by God in the bible are there to protect us; not just from others, but from ourselves.
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.” (Exodus 20:16)
Something weird has happened to me over the last couple of years or so since becoming a committed Christian. When I’m tempted to lie it’s almost like I can feel someone standing behind me ‘witnessing’ it. I stop myself and just tell the truth. Unfortunately, the thing about this is – sometimes the truth isn’t very nice either.
Proverbs reads like poetry:
23 Like a coating of glaze over earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.
25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him,
for seven abominations fill his heart.
26 His malice may be concealed by deception,
but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it;
if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:23-28