8.19.15 Have you ever had someone lie to you? Ernest always said if he doesn't trust anyone that lies to him because if they lie they may steal from you also. Do you know anyone like that? Also some people say it's just a little white lie, but God says a lie is a lie. Another thing when someone tells 1 lie or a little white lie as they call it and they get by with it then they say lets try it again. After a while they begin to forget what the truth really is. Let's see what God says about lying.
The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and is displeasing to God. The first sin in this world involved a lie told to Eve. The Ten Commandments given to Moses includes “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).
In the early church, Ananias and Sapphira lied regarding a donation in order to make themselves look more generous than they really were. Peter’s rebuke is stern: “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” God’s judgment was sterner: the couple died as a result of their sin of lying. Acts 5:1-11
Wow did you hear that God's judgment was death.
Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Lying is listed in 1 Timothy 1:9-11 as something practiced by the lawless. Furthermore, liars will be among those judged in the end (Revelation 21:8). In contrast, God never lies (Titus 1:2). He is the source of truth. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).
Jesus called Himself the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and He expects those who follow Him to be people of truth. The truth is to be expressed in love (Ephesians 4:15), offering hope to those seeking redemption from the lies of the world.
Lying is a sin, our Heavenly Father does not want us to lie to anyone. Lying is when we intentionally say something that is not true, or manipulate the truth for any reason. In our secular world we are so used to lies, especially lies we consider inconsequential, that they have become part of our daily lives. We probably do not even realize all the lies we say, the many sins we commit every day through our lies. We will all lie and we will all be lied to, because we are all sinners. It is speculated that the average person lies or is lied to between 3 to 200 times a day. We need to become aware of the lies we are telling, so we will quit making them. We need to become observant to what we are told, not passing it along unless we verify the information to be true, unless it is meaningful and not just gossip. We must receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts, allow Him to guide us, give us the strength to stay in the truth. There is a misconception that there are sins which are greater, more evil than others. Surely lying is not as bad as killing someone, no one will go to Hell for indiscreet lies. Yet all sins push us away from our God, will keep us from Him. When we have committed any sin, we become a sinner, the same as those who have committed other sins. Liars must come to our Lord and change, so they can receive forgiveness through faith in the atoning grace of Christ.
We should tell the truth all of the time, in a loving, caring, manner. Doing unto others as we would like them do unto us. Some will be irritated, even mad at us for always telling the truth. Yet if we lie, many will be much more upset with us when they realize we told them a lie, and considered us liars. And if we consistently tell the truth, we will eventually gain respect, and our word will be considered to be true. Many will also recognize that we are different, see that we love our Lord, and may want to know more about Him.
*Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
*Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25
And most important we should never lie to ourselves. It is much easier to make excuses in our heart, spin the truth into a lie, than give up our human desires, the pleasures of this world. It is easier to rationalize away God, the need to come to Him now, then admit to our mistakes, our sins, especially the ones we deem to be minor. Yet only the truth will set us free, the truth that we are sinners, and only faith in the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross can forgive our sins. Children of God will always strive to follow all of our Father’s commands, because we love Him. This includes always trying to tell the truth.
God thanking you for forgiving me for my sins and loving me enough to send your Son to die for me so that I may live. I think about your awesomeness and how it had to hurt to turn your face away so that your Son would die for this unappreciative world. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are put on this earth for 1 reason and that is to share Your Word so that others may accept you as their Lord and Savior. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.