Why is it Wrong to Lie?
By Debra Torres
Claudia said she didn’t take Joyce’s stuffed animal.
It wasn’t hers, so what would she have to do with it?
Again and again she denied that she took it, but when we challenged her to open her square, metal lunchbox,
I’m sure we probably gasped at what was inside.
It was 1973 and I was in second grade. And even though I was only 7, I can still see the tormented look on Claudia’s face when her peers caught her in the act.
A lying tongue cuts both ways.
In my devotions this morning, I read that we are responsible to teach our children about lying and why it is wrong. And it also said that we should use God’s Word to do it.
This challenged me to do a little digging, because you know what? As parents and grandparents, I think we often do a disservice to the young ones who are watching us. Can you guess what it is?
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Who is God?
Have you been hurt by a lying tongue? Do you struggle with lying, yourself? When you seek God, you seek the Truth. He is a loving Father who cannot and will not lie.
"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19 NIV
6/26/2013 12:36:33 pm
I make it a point not to lie...try to keep away from it as much as possible. I especially try to keep away from those incidents where somebody may ask a question where I don't want to hurt them. Thus feeling compelled to soften the situation by saying some thing I know that is untrue. It's not always easy but I do my best not to lie if I can help it.
6/27/2013 06:40:53 am
Thanks for your input, Ramon. I think people appreciate it more when we tell the truth. We become a "go to" person for them when they want an honest answer.
6/27/2013 05:47:29 am
6/27/2013 06:47:59 am
I know that the truth sometimes hurts. But if it's the truth then, in the right context and with the right spirit, I think it's worth saying. I remember when an office friend of mine told me that my boss sat at my desk early every morning and complained about me being late. It hurt to hear the truth, but deep down, I know it would make me a better person. (And boy did I work on being on time from then on.) I don't think we need to always offer our comments if they're unsolicited and unnecessary, but if we are honest with the little things, I think people realize that they can trust us to tell the truth in life's bigger issues.
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