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But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

I got a message a while ago from a cousin that is several years older than I. When I was 4 or 5 he was my idol. You know how we are when little kids. Well, he always had a lot to say about a lot of things. I was too young and naïve to know at the time, but most were lies. I kinda wondered when we were both at the grandparents, his family left first, and as soon as they did, Pop looked at me and said, “Now, that boy will lie when it the truth would serve him better. He just loves to lie. Don’t you be that way.” Well, when I got older, I remembered, I watched, listened, and YUP, Pop was right. After a brief exchange of texts I started thinking about lies. How he had been, not sure if he is any better or not. And, then, no matter what we all like to think about ourselves, we are all liars to one extent or another. Now, bear with me, not trying to attack anyone, but…..WE ALL HAVE OR DO!

Not like the cousin I mentioned, he was obviously a pathological liar. But, I do, everyone I know does. Sometimes white lies, little ones, like if someone asks you to get them something if you are going to the store, you forget, then they ask if you picked it up and you (meaning whoever, not YOU the reader necessarily) says, “No, I couldn’t find it.” Maybe add, “I think they were out.” Or, when a child asks for something a parent doesn’t want them to have, maybe candy, and mom or dad says there is none left. Sometimes, a friend wants a favor, you normally would do whatever they need, but you don’t feel like doing it at the time so you say, “I’m sorry, I don’t feel well.” But, you say, it was good. All are trying to spare someone’s feelings, but still lies. Sometimes we lie to try and avoid trouble. Now, when I was a kid, and someone broke something, and we were asked, individually, if we broke it, we all said, “No, it wasn’t me.” and, so, no one broke it, it just fell apart. Unfortunately for us, my mom could tell, probably because we were not good liars and we got in trouble for breaking whatever and for lying. Talk about your lose, lose situation. Others, while in school tried the “the dog ate my homework” story, which also, NEVER WORKS!Sometimes, we do something we KNOW will upset someone and get them mad at us. Buy a new golf club, go fishing instead of mowing the lawn, whatever. Maybe something more wrong than that. So, we lie. Other times we lie by omission. We don’t make false statements, but, we leave out little pieces of information that would make the situation vastly different. We lie by obscuring facts in this case. Still, a lie, because a partial truth is not the truth. Oh, there are big lies too, those that can be hurtful to others and benefit no one other than make the one telling the lie feel, temporarily, like the “got even” for something. But for a Christian, it is a rare exception, or should be a rare exception as in nonexistent that any be told, never big ones, never little white lies. I wish it weren’t so, but I have been guilty of all.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish. Proverbs 19:9

Then, as I thought further, why or how can a Christian justify any kind of a lie? Is not a white lie a lie none the less and is not a sin a sin? How can we excuse this behavior in ourselves? Then, I thought about to whom we might lie, a parent, teacher, sibling, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, anyone and everyone maybe. Now, out of all the people to whom one lies, which is the worst one of all to lie to about anything? Family, friends, God (although some do, I have tried to myself, promising this or that if He just give me whatever I am praying for at the time, and why they do is a mystery, because God knows the truth.)

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16

Out of all those to whom one lies, the worst person ever they could lie to is………THEMSELF! What do I mean? How can a person lie to themselves? They know the whole truth. Well, yes, they do, but no they don’t. Sometimes, people make New Year’s resolutions, to lose 10, 20 or however many pounds. They will exercise more, they will eat healthier. Most that make resolutions know they won’t, but they tell themselves they will do it, while thinking, naw, I aint really. A person can KNOW the truth, and usually does, but they make excuses for actions in their own mind, saying to themselves, well, I know this one thing is not right, not in accordance with God’s word, but, I only do that to achieve a greater good.  Sort of a way of trying the say the ends justify the means. To do a little wrong, to have a desired goal achieved is okay. They tell themselves that God will understand. They lie to themselves. I suppose it would be like when a traffic light turns yellow, the right thing to do would be to stop, but we often accelerate to get at least into the intersection before it turns red, then it’s ok to drive through red. But, that’s a lie we often tell ourselves, maybe we say or think, well, I am in a bit of a hurry, it’s okay if I hurry through the light. We justify not obeying the law to save 1 or 2 minutes. But, what if in doing so you have an accident?

Truly, we really hurt ourselves the most with any lie, and, more so when we lie to ourselves. Knowing something is wrong, but convincing ourselves that a little sin is okay if the goal is a good goal. Well, I have done things like that, justified or rather, attempted to justify actions for a better end. Appeased myself and did something wrong. But, it’s a lie, just because a goal is good, is it still good if achieved the wrong way? If I steal to have money to buy something I need, is that okay? Especially when need may be a substitute word for want. It is never right to lie to anybody, especially to myself.

Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that person be guilty;  Numbers 5:6

Well, seems God is telling me that ANY sin, big or little IS A SIN! Any lie, even little white lies are still LIES! Lies are sin. No matter why I do it.

Reckon I am going to have to try much harder to be sure not to lie, not tell even little lies. I think, in my mind I need to realize that in Exodus 20:16 when God gave Israel the 10 Commandments, that the man in the mirror is a neighbor too. I should not lie to, or about myself in addition to not telling lies to or about others. And, to remember the wages of sin are death. Lies are sin. And, when I delude myself, lie to myself, and in so doing, allow me to convince myself into committing other sins, by lying to myself, I compound the sins.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

Lord, I praise you. Thank you for showing me the way to make me a better Christian. Jesus, you teach me so much, I pray I am able to incorporate this knowledge into my life. That you help make me into a better reflection of you. That my words and actions show your love and glory in my life and that others see the works you have done for me. GOD, I pray you speak to the hearts of my loved ones, help them see your truths, help draw them to you so that you can work in their lives and show them that you have a plan for their lives.

Thank you to whoever makes it through this, if you dozed off on the way through the read, I aint gonna be shocked. The thought process and writing helps me see things, see my faults, see my actions and thoughts that are not in His wishes. Hopefully someone else will get some benefit. Please share as you feel He wishes.

Thanks!

 

 

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