Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Stop Lying in 2013

A lie is a lie. There is no sense in justifying it. I am at a point in my life where I am becoming very sensitive to the temptation of lying. Recently I was faced with the choice of receiving a service from a very persuasive sales person. I was tempted to say Yes but my heart said No. I quickly thought about the God I serve and decided very nicely to say something like 'I appreciate you offering but I will not be able to receive such services.' My heart was at peace. Yesterday I was faced with that same challenged in a different location. When you are a church person you may be seen as 'rude' for not accepting every offer someone offers you. I learned by experience to decline different offers when I know that the gift is not going to be beneficial to me at all. Yesterday's offer came from a spirit of intimidation. I refuse to bow down to such spirit so I silently asked God for help. I also told God that I did not want to lie. I was led to listen to the person's words. Thank God I didn't have to lie and the vote I was asked to make was non-verbal. 
Have you ever been pressured to lie just to keep up with appearances? Have you ever been pressured to lie because someone was intimidating you? Have you ever been pressured to be in a friendship due to intimidation? I have been there too my friend. 
My encouragement for you today is to make the best choice which is shown here in this passage of Ephesians: 
"Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church." Ephesians 4:15 (NLT) 
If you focus on the word "love" you find out that Love: 
• is Patient
• is Kind 
• is Not Jealous
• is Not Boastful
• is Not Proud or Rude 
• is Not Self-Seeking 
• is Not Easily Angered
• does Not Keep Records of Wrong 
• does Not Delight in Evil
• Rejoices in Truth
• Always Protects 
• Always Trusts
• Always Hopes 
• Always Perseveres 
• Never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Love affects the truth I speak. The truth that comes out of my lips is patient, kind, not rude... you get the point. Ephesians also says that as I speak the truth in love, I grow in every way to be more like Christ. 
Next time I'm faced with the temptation of lying for any reason, I will remember that the truth I speak has the power of being full of virtue because Christ will strengthen me to do so. 
QUESTION • Have you been pressured to lie lately? How can speaking the truth in "love" affect the way you deal with this temptation?