In the world but not of it

December 24, 2009

Half-truth, whole lie

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty
shortcuts lead to poverty. Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist
and a deadly trap. Proverbs 21:5-6

You’ve heard the joke before…”how do you know a salesperson
is lying? His lips are moving”…

Have you noticed how many people lie so easily without any
remorse? How many people do you know that exaggerate the truth when they are
telling you a story?

The truth is we are all so clever at lying. We are masters
at exaggerating the truth and making it fit our own personal agendas. What comes
to mind when I say used car salesman? We have setup stereotypes in our minds
that have been shaped and influenced by a world that lies about everything.

God hates lying (Proverbs 6:17) and we should hate it also.
Isn’t it ironic that people seek a sense of reward and accomplishment but yet
will lie to get it? Truth is the integral ingredient in a life of

A half-truth is a whole lie. We live in a society where we
don’t trust anyone and to take it a step further we expect people to take advantage
of us. We have become cynical about almost every service we buy, every bank we
work with, every mechanic that tells us our car needs more work that we thought
it did…

We wonder whether we are getting a deal, being treated
fairly, and getting value for our money.

Can we be the ones who stand out? Can we actually tell the
truth all the time in every situation even if it means not getting the reward
or if it means having to lovingly tell someone the truth that we know will
offend them? If we are seeking to achieve success in some venture do we
actually want to get there knowing that along the way we told small lies and
stretched the facts to suit our needs?

When Jesus said that the “truth will make you free” (John
8:32) He was of course speaking about knowing God and knowing Him personally in
order to enter the kingdom of heaven. But the “truth” is that the “truth” will
set you free in all situations. Telling the truth is a core value of
Christianity not just something that is helpful to do.

Lord help us to be truthful in all our dealings. Help us not
to exaggerate the facts to make ourselves look better, or to gain something
that we have not rightfully earned. Father, make us sensitive to the details of
life that we engage in each day and that we so often try to shape and influence
on our own.

As David said, “what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of
guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty”…Psalms 32:2


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