"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." Revelation 21:8
"I can not tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree" was the famous childhood quote attributed to our First President George Washington. Lying seems to be pretty common place these days especially among some politicians but all of us can be caught in it when telling only half truths, not the whole story, skipping details, being less than truthful, or being sneaky. If each of you is honest, I am sure you can recall a time you lied whether a big lie, white lie, tall tale, fib, or something unintentional because you did not want someone to think bad of you and left out details. Whatever, it is all still lying.If you ever find yourself on a witness stand in a court of law and knowingly lie after having taken an oath to "tell the truth, the whole truth so help you God" then you have committed perjury, which is pretty serious. Being truthful is a very important trait for a Christian but we, like others, can slip up and God can forgive. Lying is wrong and when you tell one lie usually you have to tell another to cover up for the first. Just like a teenager lying to their parents about where they drove the family car, all lying is wrong and should be stopped. Satan is the father of lies and loves it when you lie because you are sort of glorying him not God.
Right now ask God to bring to mind anytime you lied and did not confess it. Further ask Him to direct your steps into a truthful life you will never be ashamed of. Better to get the cards out on the table so to speak than lie and brush things under the carpet.
PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to lead a God honoring truthful life with family, friends, business associates, and strangers. Get rid of anything in me that pulls me away from the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.