I was telling something untruthful about my childhood years ago. What I said was actually a complete fabrication. Man, that sounds so much better than saying I lied, doesn’t it?
We dress up lying with some fancy, intelligent-sounding words that don’t sound too bad. We’ve all lied and most of us feel guilty when we do. However, we tend to put stipulations upon lying. We won’t lie on our taxes, to our spouse or at work. But what about the little, white lies that we tell? When we answer “fine” to keep people from getting too close. When we tell our kids to say we aren’t home when the doorbell rings. Friend, even though the world would deem these “little” and “unimportant,” they are still lies. The Bible is clear about this topic. God hates lying.
Thankfully, He does love us but does not like it when we sin. And in case you wondered…when we lie, we sin. If I asked you if you consider yourself to be truthful, most of you would say yes. It’s easy to look at our intentions that “mean well” instead of our actions. We didn’t mean to lie about something or someone so we’re not really that bad. But friend, a lie is a lie no matter how fat or skinny it is.
We typically lie in three ways. We lie to ourselves because sometimes facing our current reality is more than our hearts can bear. We lie to others because we don’t was the discomfort that accountability brings. And we lie to God. As if.
Deflate Lies With Truth
All growth starts with honesty. So let’s be honest—all these “little fabrications” are lies. And when I lie, I sin. Here are three common lies and the truths we can use to deflate them.
Lie: We lie to ourselves because we’re afraid reality is more than we can bear.
Truth: Reality is more than we can bear, but He is made strong in our weakness.
Lie: We lie to others because we don’t want the discomfort accountability brings.
Truth: We confess to God for forgiveness, we confess to others for healing.
Lie: We lie to God—maybe because we’re afraid He’ll stop loving us.
Truth: God knows all and sees all, yet He still loves all.
So, let’s turn our good intentions into honest actions. Let’s deflate lies with honesty. Let’s be truth-seekers, truth-lovers, and truth-tellers in all we say and do.