The Effect Of The Lies We Tell

Wikipedia defines ‘lying’ or a ‘lie’ (also called ‘prevarication’ or ‘falsehood’) as a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement, especially with the intention to deceive others. It can be very easy to tell a little electronic 'white lie' online, and here's why both online and offline you should always steer towards telling the truth... 

Before putting this piece together, I did a ‘mini’ research and asked a variety of people what they thought the most common sin was. The sin of lying came out tops. It preceded sexual promiscuity because usually to get to the point of being promiscuous, lies would have had to lay the foundation for it or make a pathway to it. Many agreed that lying is the most destructive and deliberate form of manipulation man engages in. Lies destroy trust, breaks friendships, family, destroy character and credibility and create enemies. Lies are very costly.

Most people do not understand the severe consequences of the ‘little’ lies (small lies, big lies, spoken lies, unspoken lies – usually to self, half truths, no truths, colourful lies – white, green yellow or blue) they tell, especially Christian believers. For a believer, lies have a damaging effect on the soul. When we continuously engage in the act of lying it hardens our hearts, it sears our hearts (1Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 3:8) to the point where we end up deceiving ourselves. James 1:22 tells it brilliantly, we deceive and it eternally separates us from God as confirmed in Proverbs 6:16-17, and if we keep doing it, it will eventually separate us from God eternally as confirmed in Revelation 21:8.

When trust is broken through lies, it makes it difficult for the affected individual to ignore, forget or even forgive.

Also, when we lie, we are no longer of God but of the devil. John 8:44, reads: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

When we lie, we are taking on the persona of the father of lies, Satan, and using his greatest tool of deception to destroy souls accordingly just like the prophet explains in Isaiah 32:7. The lies we tell destroy lives and souls. Everyone loses when seeds of lies are sown. No one (believers or unbelievers) is exempt from the devastating effects of lying. It simply destroys lives.

On this note, I encourage you to take off the persona of the father of lies and put on the appearance and character of Jesus Christ. If you continuously engage in the act of lies, I implore you to think about the effect it is having on the lives of those at the receiving end and on your soul. Recognise you have a problem; seek help from God, from reliable resources, and people around you. Don’t be embarrassed, we all have one thing or the other we are asking God to help us with. Just like Isaiah 1:18 says “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” (AMP). Take it to God and He will help you break the stronghold of lies in your lives. Put on the new man and embrace the calling to holiness and honesty and put away with lies as we are encouraged to do in Ephesians 4:25 and watch God change your life around for good.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ...” Ephesians 4:15

by Remi Banjo

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