Have you ever lied before?
I have, and it never turned out right. This is because if I got caught, I was in trouble. If I got away with it, I was in trouble with myself and God. Sometimes this was worse than getting caught. Have you been there?
Lying happens every day, in both big and little ways. For some, the lies destroy their family. For others, they withhold information on their taxes and get more money back. But the idea of a little lie versus a big lie is not true because both do damage.
The truth is, a lie is a lie, leaving devastation in its wake.
“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”Proverbs 15:4
Notice that a lying tongue has the power to crush someone’s spirit.
This is big because the greatest lie we tell, is the one we tell ourselves. When we’re deceived, we’re in trouble. When we lie to ourselves, we end up living a lie in front of others. This breeds all types of issues that spill over to our home life and in our work life.
But, when we live in the truth, we’re free!
So, here are three reasons why truth matters.
First, when we tell the truth, we don’t have to remember what we said. It feels good to not hide anything. So many times, lying makes us tell stories to keep the lie going, only to be imprisoned by the lie.
When we’re not hiding something, we’re free to communicate with an open heart. This is vital if we’re going to be healthy leaders.
Second, when we tell the truth, our conscience is clean. This is one way we overcome shame and guilt. When our conscience is clean, we feel more confident and bold as leaders. There’s nothing condemning us in our hearts, and when this happens, we’re free to connect to God.
When our conscience is not clean, we’re inclined to hide and withdraw from God and from others. This is a plot from the enemy to put us in a prison of lies. But when we tell the truth, our conscience is clean, and his hold is broken.
Third, when we tell the truth, we can be healed. I believe that our healing is linked to our vulnerability, which is why it’s vital for us to tell the truth. When we lie, we are bound. When we lie, we go backwards.
However, when we tell the truth, we begin to be healed, and we’re free from the guilt and shame. There’s nothing like being clean and free on the inside. It’s liberating! It’s empowering! It’s refreshing!
So today, no matter what you’re leading and no matter where you’re at in life, start telling the truth.
Are you lying today?
Please stop! Make it right and do life differently. There’s something better for you, and it’s found in Jesus.
He’s the truth, and when we live life this way, we are set free!!
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:32
There’s so much more for you, and the best is yet come,