My friend, may I ask you a question? The path of dishonesty is always under construction and you can be guaranteed that somewhere along the way the road ends and there is nowhere to turn. That is the nature of the lie. It’s deceptive for a time, even inviting. But, in the end, doesn’t it always leads to a trap--a place where just one too many lies tips the balance and the whole thing collapses.?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
One thing about a lie--it has no legs. It requires other lies to support it. Tell one lie and you are forced to tell others to back it up. Being dishonest with our words is one of those things that feel right after a time. The first time we cover up or embellish the truth, we feel uneasy as our conscience begins to rebel. But, as time goes on and we carefully craft the lie, the pain somehow gets tolerable and a conscience so conditioned will eventually grow immune to the sting. That is when dishonesty is most dangerous. The pain is gone and there is nothing to stop us. We hurry down the path of untruth almost at ease. That is until . . .
The story is told of four high school boys who couldn’t resist the temptation to skip morning classes. Each had been smitten with a bad case of spring fever. After lunch they showed up at school and reported to the teacher that their car had a flat tire. Much to their relief, she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a quiz this morning, so take your seats and get out a pencil and paper.” Still smiling, she waited as they settled down and got ready for her questions. Then she said, “First question--which tire was flat?” (Source Unknown.)
The Bible tells us that “An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble (Proverbs 12:13).” The path of dishonesty never leads to safety. No matter how smooth it seems, no matter how quickly we seem to be able to walk down it, there always comes a time when, somewhere along the way, a large pit appears and swallows us up. The path of dishonesty is always under construction and you can be guaranteed that somewhere along the way the road ends and there is nowhere to turn. That is the nature of the lie. It’s deceptive for a time, even inviting. But, in the end, it always leads to a trap--a place where just one too many lies tips the balance and the whole thing collapses. There is only one sure defense. Tell the truth even when it hurts. The sting of an honest mistake or a truthful admission will go away quickly. The sting of twisting the truth and covering up our errors can last a lifetime.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we live in a world that is quickly walking away from truth. In fact Lord it has become so doleful that many don’t even care about the truth anymore. Many believe and even teach that all truth is relative, that their understanding of what they want the truth to be is all that matters. If it pleases us, makes us happy or serves our purposes, then it must be the truth and there is nothing wrong with calling it that. Father, forgive us for not calling out for the truth when we know we are hearing lies. Forgive us Father when we become even a small part of a lie. Help us to regard the truth with integrity, to regard it as precious. May we never become trapped by what we say or don’t say . In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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