[CF Devotionals] 2010-12-05 - The Dangers of Lying

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 55
Ninth Commandment ~ Part 5

What do you think are some of the other dangers of lying? Stop and think about this, before giving a "snap" answer. Are there situations where telling the truth would be a greater wrong than lying? Often we are told when someone is gravely ill, maybe dying that it maybe better to not tell them, the truth being the wrong thing for them. But the major fallacy with this is the last days may be time when they may have an opportunity to set things right with the Lord. Again, the main point is worth repeating. If we serve the God of Truth, then how can we justify lying? Christ dealt with people in all sorts of difficult circumstances, but we will not find any time where He lied to them "for their own good."

There once was a day when a handshake was all that was needed in business relationships. A man's word was his bond. Today there is no thought as to whether the truth is told or not. It seems a major part of our culture is founded on lying, and there is no question society suffers for it. It doesn't matter whether we are talking about advertising, politics or the press; much of what we hear is not truth, only someone's idea of what they want truth to be. Aren't major industries founded on the fact that many people don't want to accept the truth of their ages? Don't you feel that this problem carries right on into the church, especially in the area of gossip, flattery, and white lies "for someone's own good?"

How carefully we must watch our own words. We need to depend on the Lord to give us the Spirit of Truth, because it seems so natural to lie under pressure. When we are pulled over for speeding it is amazing how many of us are on the way to an emergency.

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