Lies are Deception- Part 2

DECEIT- The act of representing as true what is known to be false; lying; the misleading of a person.

DECEITFUL- Tending to mislead, deceive, or ensnare; apt to lie or cheat; fraudulent.

Have you noticed that lies pervade virtually every aspect of society today? The fact is, we have all withheld truth at one time or another in order to avoid unpleasant experiences such as needlessly offending or angering someone—we realized that remaining silent was appropriate. However if we are to be honest with ourselves, there may have been times that it was just easier to tell a “white lie” or a half-truth because we were fearful that others would otherwise reject or penalize us. In effect, we chose not to speak truth because we valued the opinion of others over the Lord’s (see Galatians 1:10), much like Ananias and Sapphira. As believers, we know that the Lord considers lying to be an abomination (Proverbs 12:22); Scripture clearly states that lies originate from an evil source—Satan, who is the father of lies and in whom there is no truth and no light (John 8:44).

Proverbs 12:22 not only states that lying lips are an abomination to God, but also that those who tell the truth are His delight. Therefore, it would be wise to consider some aspects of lying in order to avoid them and always deal truthfully:

  • Partial truth; withholding a portion of the truth- Eph. 4:25
  • Embellishment/exaggeration of the truth- Luke 22:33-34
  • False witness/slander/false gossip- Ex. 20:16; Prov. 24:28; Ps. 15: 2-3; Prov. 14:5
  • Flattery- Psalm 12:2-3; Prov. 26:8
  • Not doing what you say you will do- 1 John 2:5; Eccl. 5:4-7; Mt. 5:37
  • Misleading by what you say or fail to say- Psalm 34:13

Essentially, anything that misleads, misrepresents, or confuses the truth is a form of lying. Despite the fact that sometimes truthfulness may cost us, let us speak truth in love and so prove to be a faithful friend to others: