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The scriptures teach us to Honor your mom and dad…… what if your mom and dad are teaching you to tell “little white lies” like saying your 10 to get a cheaper buffet price or tell your teacher we had car trouble but really the kid was lazy and would not get out of bed. Things such as that? When you disagree with telling the lie, your parents get mad and tell you to do what they said. Or tell you ” a little white lie never hurt anyone”? You want to do what they said so you don’t get in to trouble, but you know it is wrong? First of all lets look at the sin of lying or bearing false witness. Scripture says Exodus 20:16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 1. haughty eyes, 2. a lying tongue 3. hands that shed innocent blood 4. a heart that devises wicked schemes 5. feet that are quick to rush into evil 6. a false witness who pours out lies 7. and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars– their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” With these verses speaking for themselves let me ask a few questions. Do you know better than God? Do you like it when someone lies to you? What does a lie due to your credibility? Parents who have told by their youngsters by words or actions that it is ok to tell little white lies will answer for their deceit. I have had that very situation in my life many times. We have to get to the point in our lives where we can see the destructive power of lying and then stop justifying sinful behavior. God tells us plainly in His Word what will happen if we lie. Every time we lie or tell others it is ok to tell little lies it hardens our hearts. God has given everyone a conscience and the ability to tell the truth. Here is some help. Pray this; Proverb 30:8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 2Th 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. I know from my own life that overcoming lying is very hard but is attainable. Just speak the truth even when are tempted to lie. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus is the Truth! Here is a prayer: Father you hate lies. I am a liar, and I want to stop lying. Give me the strength and Grace to overcome my lying tongue and to live by the Truth. In Jesus Name Amen!

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