The other day, I found myself telling a lie. I knew it was a lie, but I couldn’t stop the words from coming out of my mouth. I consoled myself with thinking that it was just a little white lie, nothing serious or damaging, but only something to keep from hurting someone’s feelings.
I know many of you have done the same thing. Think about this scenario, we go are getting dressed, and we ask our husband if the outfit makes our rears look big. What is the poor guy supposed to say? If the dress doesn’t flatter you, then you want to know, but at the same time, no one wants their husband to tell them that their rear looks big. It doesn’t matter if it is the dress’s fault, or if it was one too many doughnuts.
When I think of telling lies, I think about the big, black, bald-faced lies that are meant to harm someone. I have never understood why someone would start a horrible rumor on someone else, to cause pain. But, there are people in this world who want nothing more than to tear others down; it makes them feel big. The worst lie in history, or at least, in my opinion, was the first lie. The lie that Satan told to EVE.
3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LordGod had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
That one lie, told by Satan, was meant for destruction. The consequences from that lie have been ongoing since that moment and will continue until the end of time.
Most people lie for a couple of reasons: escape, profit, inclusion, malice, and we have already covered about not wanting to hurt others feelings. I am sure there are a ton more reasons why we will tell a lie; maybe it is just our human nature.
Telling a lie to escape being caught is something we see all the time. A child learns to tell a lie early in life to avoid being punished for something they have done. “Who broke my lamp?” “Who ate a cookie before supper?” A child is innocent and doesn’t fully understand that telling a lie is wrong, and they don’t want to face the consequences or upset their parents. However, the person who is speeding and breaks the speed limit is fully aware they are not truthful when they tell the police officer that they weren’t speeding. The burglar is fully aware they are not truthful when they fabricate an alibi for where they were on a particular night.
I bet we have all heard a television commercial that exaggerates what their product will do to get us to make that purchase. Exaggeration is the same thing as telling a lie. An omission is the same thing as telling a lie. For example: did the cigarette companies know that smoking was bad for you and decide not to tell us so that they could make a profit? I am not privy to that information, but if that were the case, then that would be an example of using lies of omission to make a profit.
Have you ever watched the movie, Mean Girls? If not, then the whole premise of the movie, was how one girl wanted to be with the “in and popular” crowd at school. So, she wasn’t true to herself and told lies to be liked. Yes, she was finally included in the “popular” crowd, only to have all of the lies catch up to her later. That is when we realize that our lies will be our downfall. The saying about a tangled web comes to mind.
The Bible is pretty clear when it comes to telling lies.
22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
11 “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another.
I wish that little white lies would never leave my mouth again. But, I am not perfect, and I doubt that I can say for certain that I will never tell a lie again. If I told you that, it would probably be a lie. Lol! Maybe I am making some progress. I am just thankful that the Lord has extended His forgiveness and His Grace to all of us because that is the only chance we have to spend eternity with Him one day.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Have A Blessed Day!