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White Lies Are For Cowards

 

(Proverbs 10:19) “In the abundance of words transgression does not cease, but one restraining his lips is prudent.”

(Acts 5:1-5) “But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold some property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back some of the money for himself and brought the remainder and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”

“Peter asked, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart so that you should lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back some of the money you got for the land? As long as it remained unsold, wasn’t it your own? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? So how could you have thought of doing what you did? You didn’t lie only to men, but also to God!’”

“When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized everyone who heard about it.”

 

 

The fact that no one needs to be taught that lying, stealing or murder is bad confirms that God has planted His Law within our hearts. We are not animals who are driven by instinct alone, but every decision we make is premeditated and will have its consequences. God is love, but He is also a judge that won’t just look the other way when you break His moral Law. Would you ignore one of your children disobeying you in front of other children? What kind of message would you be giving about how serious you are regarding your rules and your authority?

Many people pull out the Grace card and say that we are no longer under the Law. Sure, this is true and we should no longer keep God’s Law out of fear, but rather out of love for Him. However, one cannot ignore how God dealt with Ananias and Sapphira when they lied to Peter regarding the amount they were donating to the church. They were judged by instantaneous death, not really for lying but for not saying the whole truth. And by the way, this happened after the cross, after the resurrection, and under the new Covenant of Grace.

We read in Proverbs that in the multitude of words, eventually there will be some kind of sin. We are all guilty of this sin. We exaggerate in order to get more praise, we make up stories in order to participate in a conversation, and we are definitely guilty of speaking more than is required in order to make a sale.

We have no idea what damage we might cause by letting people continue to live in their ignorance. Imagine if doctors did not tell us about a terminal disease because they felt it would hurt our feelings. We would not be able to say goodbye or ask for forgiveness from our loved ones. We could not set all our affairs in order and we would definitely not have the time to make things right with God.

As Christians, we share the Gospel with everyone because we don’t know if tonight might be their last. Once they are dead, there are no second chances and our fear of hurting their feelings will not excuse us before God. Whenever you have a chance, speak the whole truth with love so you can stand blameless before God.

 

 

There is nothing innocent about a “white Lie”, it still numbs your conscience and we have no idea of the damage we can cause by hiding the truth in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. It is not a sign of caring but of pure cowardice.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are helper of the fatherless. Lord, You regard the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their supplication.
• Thank You, Father, that Your moral law is still our guide for living righteously before You.
• Forgive us for hiding the whole truth when asked, and thinking that we know what is best.
• Forgive us for exaggerating in order to fit in a crowd or to become more popular.
• Forgive us for lying in order to get that sale or to get a discount from others.
• Give us the faith to always speak the truth and to fear You more than what man will say.
• Give us the spirit of truth that will make us walk in integrity and honesty at all times.
• We ask for your wisdom regarding all we say and keep us from excessive words that temp us to sin.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

 

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    30 November 2023 @ 13:48

    AMEN ! 🙏🙌😊👍💯✝️

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