Have you ever told a lie, only to find the need to tell an additional lie to cover for the original lie? Such lying gets out of hand and becomes exhausting. Why? Because with lie after lie, you need to keep remembering the story you concocted, and it becomes difficult to not conflict your current story with previously told stories. Whereas, with Truth, there is no need to cover up. You tell the facts, as they are, with no change needed to your story. So, the truth sets you free (John 8:32)!
Lying Gets You into Trouble
Nothing good comes from lying. Eventually, the truth catches up with you. When that happens, you lose the respect and trust of others. It takes a lifetime to build respect and trust, but only takes one lie, to tear it all down. Lying is not worth it.
So, how can you better embrace truth? Here are a few suggestions:
- Live an upright life, both in action and speech, with kindness. Refrain from demeaning others with untruths.
- Be honest, yet tactful with others. Stick to the facts, without climbing the ladder of inference.
- Say what you mean and mean what you say. Refrain from changing your story by enunciating what you believe to be true, and not what you think people want to hear.
- Live the Truth of your faith in action and deed. Walk the walk and talk the talk in sync with Christ’s teachings.
If you were to embody all these suggestions, you will never tire again from the traps of lying. As Jesus said, “The truth will set you free!” (John 8:32)
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