Proverbs 12 3-12-22

“What’s one little white lie?” Well, it’s DANGEROUS, that’s what it is!

14 From the fruit of their lips [truth] people are filled with good things, and the [righteous] work of their hands brings them reward.

I had a conversation the other day with a young person who didn’t see anything wrong with telling a little, white lie. The goal was one of convenience. The problem is that in the long run, continued practice would cause problems in this area of the person’s life, not to mention the habit bleeding over into life in general.

I DIDN’T want to say that God doesn’t like lying; it’s more than that. So, I explained it like this:

We don’t lie because we have to remember what we said, then people always find out the truth, and we get hurt. God doesn’t want us to get hurt, so He doesn’t want us lying.”

Notice three things in this explanation:

  1. We remember truth better than we remember what we said is the truth.
  2. We not only face consequences, the people to whom we lie are hurt, too. The trust between them and us is gone, or, at the least, damaged. It’s hard to love when we don’t trust.
  3. God knows that sin destroys. He doesn’t want us destroying ourselves.

What does sin destroy? Our trust. Ask Eve. The enemy lied to her and got her to distrust God. The enemy lies to everyone and we all fall for his deceptions, traps and snares sometime in our lives. John said,

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 1 John 1:8

The neat thing is that God has already forgiven us for all our sin. He has erased the debt and wiped it–and us–clean. We don’t avoid sin to make the Father love us; we avoid sin because He loves us. He wants the best for us, and since sin destroys (trust), He wants us to avoid it.

So, the next time you’re tempted to lie, twist the truth, censure it, or recreate it, just remember that more is at stake than convenience. Trust is on the line.

Abba, please help us to trust You enough to tell the truth even in awkward situations. Not everything is pertinent or shareable (ours to share), so give us discretion. Amen.

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