My son is a very good child. Very good. But, he’s not perfect. And I am not a parent that is naive or blind enough to think that he is beyond lying.
Being a public school teacher, I can tell you that when children are in trouble, they will lie, much of the time. It does not make them horrible children. Think about it…in the past few days, have you lied? About anything? If you are saying no, then make an effort to really remind yourself over the next few days to check and see if you lie, at all. You may find you do it more often than you realize.
Sadly, though, I have had students that have lied so often, that even they begin to believe their lies. They will cling to the lie like a lifeline….never letting go. It worries me so much for these kids. What will happen to them when they become adults? Will they come to a point where lying is just a part of their being? Will they lie when they talk to God? How will one know to ask for forgiveness if they continually lie about what they are doing? It is frightening.
Well, back to my son. I know he lies sometimes. I have caught him lying to me. The thing I think is so funny is that now he acts very offended if I accuse him of lying – even though I have caught him doing it before! Hmmmm….
The Bible makes it pretty clear that God does not want us to lie, as a matter of fact, He abhors lies. Lies are not from Him – they are from the father of lies – satan.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die:
Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but your law do I love.
Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.
Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Zephaniah 3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.
But Lord, please remind my son to ask for forgiveness for the lies he has told. And Lord, please press down on him when he is about to lie. Remind him of Your feelings about lying, and remind him of how much You love him. Let him know, Lord, that even if telling the truth will get him in trouble, You will honor the fact that he told the truth. Lord, please, Lord, if he does lie, please let me know. In whatever way You decide, please make his lie known to me. Not because I want to “catch” him in a lie, but because, Lord, I never want my son to get so used to lying that he begins to blur the line between a truth and a falsehood.
Lord, God, let my son always be completely honest with You. Let him come to You stripped of any bit of deceit. Let him always be truthful with You.