November 3, 2013
Lies hurt people. Lies destroy lives. People tell lies to make themselves feel better, or to make themselves look better. Take a look at what these scriptures say about lying. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22). “A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame” (Proverbs 13:5). “Therefore putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25). “If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1: 6).
I am seriously struggling with someone in my life that continually lies to many people. It is very discouraging, and literally makes me cry.
I was encouraged this morning during my devotions, and am hoping that if anyone is struggling with the same, this encourages you. “4. In the quiet, we acknowledge that our real enemy isn’t the other person. This person with whom we’re in conflict may seem like the enemy and they might even look like the enemy. But the truth is, they aren’t the real culprit. The real culprit is Satan, who is exerting influence on both me and the person offending me. I don’t always realize this in the heat of the moment, but in the quiet, I can remind myself of the truth and choose a strategy for responding with self-control. That’s the wisdom of Scripture, which says, ‘Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith’ (1 Peter 5: 8-9)” (Lysa Terkeurst’s Unglued Devotional).
If you are having a problem with someone that is lying, first, check your own self, and then you need to address that person face to face and confront it. It is NOT honoring or glorifying to God to be untruthful, and we are instructed in the Bible to go to that person. “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:3). “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother” (Matthew 18:15). It is clear that we are to address it. The scripture in Matthew goes on to say that you address it further if your brother does not listen. “But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector” (Matthew 18: 16-17). Serious stuff! Holy God, help me to live for You. Give me grace, and strength to do what You command me to do. In Jesus Name, Amen.