It’s never fun to catch someone in an outright lie. In fact, it’s really quite sad, as it usually signals a relational breakdown. Still, we surely do, from time to time. In fact, I just did.
This one was a doozy, as her prevarication affected dozens of people. Interestingly, it wasn’t a creative or crafty lie, but an obvious untruth. And it seemed to show little purpose, except to deceive.
In the end, this individual’s mediocre mendacity cost her the trust and respect of many, who previously admired her. Sure, some of us may have forgiven her for her falsehood, but it’s tough to regain credibility, once it’s been compromised by craftiness and counterfeit concepts.
Why did she bother with this self-destructive double-dealing?
Deceit is hard work, and it harms those who practice pretenses.
This truth is found throughout Scriptures. Here’s an example.
Honesty guides good people;
dishonesty destroys treacherous people.
(Proverbs 11:3, NLT)
Why do we even suppose it’s worth it to try a lie?
And yet, we do. That’s why I appreciate straight shooters, who offer transparency, authenticity, and veritable verifiable information.
I’m thankful for truth tellers.
Maybe we are all grateful for such folks. Surely, God honors those who are honest as well. Take a look:
Whoever can be trusted with very little
can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very little
will also be dishonest with much.
(Luke 16:10, NIV)
Oh, Lord. Keep me truthful, even when it’s trying to be so. And please shore up that check in my spirit, so You can stop me in my tracks, if I'm tempted to deceive. Thank You for the truth tellers You've place in my life, who model soul-deep honesty through and through.
For what are you thankful?
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