The danger in the white lie

My five year old asked me today why our family does not keep secrets. Knowing that secrets in families can be detrimental, my wife and I decided early on that our family would never keep secrets. We have been instructing our children never to keep secrets from us since the time they learned to talk.  We do however allow them to have surprises because surprises should always make people feel happy. I proceeded to answer his question by comparing a secret to a lie. I told him that they are basically the same thing. Our Lord Jesus Christ is King of kings, King of Truth and the devil is the king of liars. I explained to him that a lie is like a seed that grows into a bigger lie.

It is common for people to believe that some lies are okay… they call these ‘white lies.’ I think its important to take all of God’s word into consideration when considering the situation and the persons feelings. We are instructed above all else to love one another. To be in the habit of telling lies is not healthy. Eventually you will lose track of the lies and maybe even forget what the real truth is. I was always told that telling the truth is the best policy. The truth hurts sometimes, but not as much as a lie can.

Lies are destructive. A half truth is a lie in my opinion. People will say things in a certain way so that other people will not learn the truth about the question being asked in order to please their conscience. While thinking to themselves that they didn’t really lie. I’ve done it, we have all done it. When the snake told Eve in the garden of Eden that she would not die from eating the apple it was not technically a lie. The devil knows how to lie. A lie is more easy to believe if it contains a portion of the truth in it. We know that God warned Adam and Eve of a different type of death that they perhaps did not understand at the time.

We have to be careful not to deceive ourselves by paying close attention to some eternal truths that God mentions in His word. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So if someone tells you that they are not a sinner it is in fact not the truth and they deceive themselves. Matthew 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” God’s word is permanent. Our world continues to become more broken and corrupt but there is a truth that we can count on, and that is God’s word.

Luke 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid his foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the torrent crashed against that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

I say to you, build your life with the truth of Gods word. God’s word is a firm foundation that you can always count on. You can always count on a lie to do the opposite. A lie is like the house built on sand that does not last.

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