Lying is pretty easy to do. We’ve all done it, even though we like to think we haven’t. We just tend to prefer more palatable terms, such as how we told “a little white lie”—as if the color or size could change the sin. Or maybe instead of a lie, it was just telling a “half-truth”—as if a mathematical component can eliminate the grievance.
Trust me—it can’t. At the end of the day, lying is a sin no matter how hard we try to dress it up and make it cuter.
People who tend to lie habitually have probably never been severely burned by lies. They don’t realize that the fire they’re playing with is downright lethal to relationships and to trust—not to mention their integrity and reputation. They can brush it off as “no big deal” or say, “it’s not hurting anyone,” all while not realizing that their very character is on the line.
In our culture today, lying has sadly become one of those sins that’s dismissed as mild, if recognized at all. Bending the truth to fit your own purposes is so common now that it’s almost always overlooked as a sin.
But the Lord doesn’t overlook it. It might be surprising to some that one of the ten commandments (Exodus 20:16) is about lying. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor.” This commandment actually covers all forms of lying, whether it’s to someone directly or about them to someone else. It includes verbal lies, manipulation, slander, deceit—and as we know, our neighbor is anyone around us at home, church, work, or otherwise. There’s no escaping this black and white commandment.
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