Tell Me No Lies. And we can both win with the truth or as Anna Karenina once said, “Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
Relationships are complicated these days. It seems that truth has become something we no longer value. Telling untruths seems to be becoming more tolerable in dating, and regrettably in marriage. When you are in a relationship with someone, mutual trust and respect must be at the forefront of that relationship.
Decisions are being made based on the information that you receive. It is not possible for you to make the right decision for yourself if the decision that you are making is based on a lie.
Essentially, when someone lies to you they’re not giving you the true realistic picture of the situation; rendering you helpless to make the right decision for yourself. They are deceiving you and robbing you of the ability to think and act for yourself. Jeremiah 7:8 says, “But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” (NIV)
“The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and is displeasing to God. The first sin in this world involved a lie told to Eve. The Ten Commandments given to Moses includes “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). In the early church, Ananias and Sapphira lied regarding a donation in order to make themselves look more generous than they really were.
Peter’s rebuke is stern: “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” God’s judgment was sterner: the couple died as a result of their sin of lying. Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Lying is listed in 1 Timothy 1:9-11 as something practiced by the lawless. Furthermore, liars will be among those judged in the end (Revelation 21:8). In contrast, God never lies (Titus 1:2). He is the source of truth. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). Finally, Jesus called Himself the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and He expects those who follow Him to be people of truth. The truth is to be expressed in love (Ephesians 4:15), offering hope to those seeking redemption from the lies of the world.” (https://gotquestions.org/Bible-lying-sin.html)
So, what are the key points here?
· Only be in relationships that are based on honesty and trust
· Make sure you know the character of the people you date
· Your dating communication should be Christ-Centered
· Lying is a character flaw-do not abide people who lie
· Truth is light–tell the truth even if it may hurt because the truth makes you free and it frees others to decide.
Yes, it is a painful reality to face when you realize that someone that you care about has been lying to you. Trust is the essence of love and without it there can’t be a healthy relationship.
Therefore, although painful at first, count it all joy when you find out the truth. Because in the long run, it is impossible to have a long-term, healthy relationship built on mutual trust and honesty with a person that has shown themselves to be unworthy of your trust.
This month’s blog is submitted by a GCPWA active member.
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