LYING And What God Tells
Us About It
Lying is deceiving
someone. It can be direct-”I didn’t touch that cake” (as you swallow the
last bite)-or it can be indirect, such as telling only part of the truth when
it benefits you to do so.
But to fall short of truth, in any way, is to lie. Pilate asked,
“What is truth?” (John 18:38).
Pilate had the answer to his question standing before him, in
person. “I am the way, the truth and the life,” Jesus
said on another occasion (John 14:6). Think of it! Jesus not only tells
the truth, he is truth.
We cannot follow the God of truth while we persistently tell
lies-even “small” ones. Determine to tell the truth in all matters of
life, big or small.
People all the times, say they are not lying about something, but the whole
entire times, they are lying through their teeth. Let's just say, you say you
cannot remember what happened 10 minutes ago, but yet you remember 10 years
ago, or visa versa.
I hear all the times, I cannot remember this, I cannot remember
that, but yet deep inside you surely do..... that's considered a lie as well.
People say, "Oh it was just a white lie" or "I just didn't tell it
all" well, it is still a LIE.
WHY DO WE LIE
Acts 20:30 . . . Even some of you will distort the truth
in order to draw a following.
We sometimes lie to become popular.
Acts 5:1-11 . . . [Ananias] brought part of the money to
the apostles, but he claimed it was the full amount. His wife had agreed to
We sometimes lie to make ourselves look
Genesis 4:9 . . . Afterward the Lord asked Cain,
“Where is your brother?”. . . “I don’t know!” Cain retorted.
We sometimes lie to avoid trouble and punishment
or because of being left alone, or loosing your financial security or a
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO TELL THE TRUTH
Proverbs 12:19 . . . Truth stands the test of time; lies
are soon exposed.
Ephesians 4:25 . . . Put away all falsehood and “tell
your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other.
WHAT DOES GOD THINK ABOUT LYING? HOW SHOULD WE FEEL ABOUT
Proverbs 6:17-19 . . . There are six things the Lord
hates-no, seven . . . haughty eyes, a lying tongue.
Proverbs 12:22 . . . The Lord hates those who don’t keep
their word, but he delights in those who do.
Romans 1:18 . . . God shows his anger from heaven against
all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves.
God is truth, so he must hate lies and lying. He cannot tolerate
them because they violate his personhood.
Psalm 119:163 . . . I hate and abhor all falsehood.
Proverbs 13:5 . . . Those who are godly hate lies.
Colossians 3:9 . . . Don’t lie to each other, for you
have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds.
We should hate lies because they are part of the old sinful
nature we had before we were Christians.
CAN WE LIE WITHOUT USING WORDS
Proverbs 10:18 . . . To hide hatred is to be a liar; to
slander is to be a fool.
1 John 1:10 . . . If we claim we have
not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in
We lie whenever we deceive God, others, or even ourselves.
PROMISE FROM GOD:
Proverbs 12:19 . . . Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon
Lies will be exposed.
NOT LOVING GOD, living in sin is not loving God, saying you are not a
sinner or that you sin, is lying. If, you live in with another person and not
being married and you say, we are not sinning, it's ok God does not see nothing
wrong with it, That IS A LIE, you are LYING ON GOD as well.
If, you say I don't drink, or smoke or party all night and you
know you do, that is still lying...... to Prove you LOVE GOD, then own
up to the lies you are telling or withholding.
WHY IS GOD’S JUDGMENT AGAINST LYING SO HARSH
BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel
KEY BIBLE VERSE: When Samuel finally found him, Saul
greeted him cheerfully. “May the LORD bless you,” he
said. “I have carried out the LORD’s command!” “Then what is
all the bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded.
(1 Samuel 15:13-14)
LYING IS A FORM OF SELF-DECEPTION
Saul thought he had won a great victory over the Amalekites, but
God saw it as a great failure because Saul had disobeyed him and then lied to
Samuel about the results of the battle. Saul may have thought his lie wouldn’t
be detected, or that what he did was not wrong. Saul was deceiving himself.
LYING DESTROYS INTEGRITY
Dishonest people soon begin to believe the lies they construct
around themselves. Then they lose the ability to tell the difference between
truth and lies. By believing your own lies you deceive yourself, you alienate
yourself from God, and you lose credibility in all your relationships. In the
long run, honesty wins out.
BIBLE READING: 2 Chronicles
KEY BIBLE VERSE: So King Ahab summoned his prophets,
four hundred of them, and asked them, “Should we go to war
against Ramoth-gilead or not?” They all replied, “Go
ahead, for God will give you a great victory!” (2 Chronicles
LYING SOMETIMES LEADS TO INJUSTICE
When you want to please or impress someone, it is tempting to
lie to make yourself look good. Ahab’s four hundred prophets did just that,
telling Ahab only what he wanted to hear. They were then rewarded for making
Ahab happy. Micaiah, however, told the truth and got arrested
Obeying God doesn’t always protect us from evil consequences.
Obedience may, in fact, provoke them. But it is better to suffer from human’s
displeasure than from God’s wrath (Matthew 10:28). If you are ridiculed
for being honest, remember that this can be a sign that you are indeed doing
what is right in God’s eyes (Matthew 5:10-12; Romans 8:17,
BIBLE READING: Ephesians
KEY BIBLE VERSE: So put away all falsehood and
“tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to
each other. (Ephesians 4:25)
LYING UNDERMINES OUR FREEDOM AND UNITY IN CHRIST
Lying to each other disrupts unity by creating conflicts and
destroying trust. It tears down relationships and leads to open warfare in a
church. Our old way of life before we believed in Christ, which may have
included lying, is completely in the past.
We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away.
We first make this choice when we decide to accept Christ’s gift of salvation
(2:8-10), and we must consciously renew this commitment every day. We
are not to be driven by desire and impulse. We must put on the new role, head
in the new direction, and have the new way of thinking that the Holy Spirit