There is something that happens on a daily basis that goes unnoticed. It is something so deceptive and stealthy that it’s almost natural. What is this mysterious act? It’s called lying. Most people have become so adept at it that they barely even notice what they are doing. Sadly, it is a betrayal of a regular kind. Everyone is doing so; everyone thinks it is okay, but what isn’t counted is the damage it costs friendships.
Each one betrays his friend; no one tells the truth. They have taught their tongues to speak lies; they wear themselves out doing wrong.
A Slippery Path
The list of wrongdoings by the Israelites was endless. Jeremiah talks about lying and the repercussions that follow dishonesty. People were betraying those close to them, and they were wearing themselves out in the process. You teach yourself to lie. It starts with small little white lies and then evolves into elaborate fabricated stories. Once we head down that path, it is difficult to turn around. Pretty soon, it is the norm, and we forget what we have lied about.
A Betrayal of a Regular Kind
Lying hits right at the heart of our integrity and character. It destroys the trust others have in us, and it can leave a barren wasteland of broken relationships. Lying can also produce internal fear of being exposed, and it can lead you into isolation. It spelled doom for Israel, and most people never saw the light. It is essential for you to notice the warnings signs and to react in response to them. Failure to do so will produce further misery.
If you struggle with being honest, there is hope for you. It starts by recognizing you have a problem. Be honest about your dishonesty. Then repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you. After you have gotten right with God, it’s time to get right with others. Go to those you have lied to and make things right. Apologize and set the record straight. It will be tough, but you won’t regret it. It will do internal work in your heart that will last a long time. Finally, find an accountability partner, someone who can call you on what you say.