The Truth About Lies

September 7, 2016

Grace and Peace family,

“The truth is people tell 200 lies a day, study finds.”

This was stated in a recent newspaper article. The study further revealed:
On the average, people tell a lie every eight minutes.

US $50.00 was “mistakenly” sent to 25 clergy and 25 car salesmen.
In both groups, 15 cashed the checks.

The article concluded, “Dishonesty is a fundamental part of life.”

Certainly the Scriptures would concur,
“Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception…” (Psalm 12:2)

What are some of the reasons people lie?
To manipulate –
To not offend –
To withhold a portion of the truth –
To avoid inconvenience –
To excuse their failure –
To exaggerate –
To flatter –
To deceive –

Given the seriousness of the problem, perhaps our prayer should echo that of the Psalmist, “Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:2)

God forewarns us about lying,

“No one who practices deceit will dwell in My house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in My presence… All liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” [Hell] (Psalm 101:7; Revelation 21:8b)

Family, let us use today as a day of “fasting” from lies; a day when we consciously avoid lying. And let’s see how how our day turns out.

Have a whopper-free Wednesday