Has anyone ever lied to you? I know, that is a stupid question, but take a moment and think about what the lie(s) did to your relationship with the liar.
Liar- now that’s a harsh word. Most of us have an easy time with thinking about other types of “really bad” sins, but in the final list of sins found in the Bible, those who have trouble with the truth are included with the rest.
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Do the people closest to you trust your word? Are you careless with the truth? Earlier today I read the following passage.
Ephesians 4: 21-25
“…You have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
Paul is careful to give us clear direction regarding how we should live our lives honoring God.
1. Put off the old self including your deceitful desires and put on the new self by renewing our minds.
2. Put away falsehood and speak truthfully to those around us because we are family.
Take a moment and think about your relationships and the truth. Is there a difference at home and at work or at church? If you’re doing well, great. If not, decide how you can start to repair relationships and build confidence? Take one practical step today.