Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25)
Integrity And Truth
One of the greatest commodities a man possesses is his word. For the Christian, integrity is more than an impression left upon others. Telling the truth is the character of the child of God. Lying is a vice common throughout the world. As people of the living God, the Christian does not engage in the pattern of the world who are comfortable wearing cloaks of deception and lies. Paul admonishes the saints in Ephesus to put away their former conduct, which included lying. It was not uncommon to lie a little in business dealings to get a better price. That was expected and often part of the way of doing business. If a man sold an item to his neighbor, he did not feel compelled to be honest about the trade even though there were defects. Lying was easy. It was as natural as breathing.
Telling a lie has been the favorite tool of Satan from the beginning. He lied to Eve about the word of God. Lying was strictly prohibited in the Law of Moses where it is called a sin. The ninth commandment forbade bearing false witness against a neighbor. God hates lying lips and views it as an abomination alongside pride, murder, and those who sow discord among brethren. Lies condemned Naboth to death and the witness of false men murdered Jesus. Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and were killed on the spot. Jesus calls the devil the father of lies. John emphasizes in the Revelation that all liars will have their part in the lake, which burns with fire and brimstone. God has a clear view of men who lie.
A Christian is a person of integrity. The honest heart bears witness with truthful lips. There will be temptations to lie, but the mature Christian will always learn to tell the truth. Lying must be put away from the character of the one who follows Jesus Christ. Christians do not cheat on their income taxes. They do not deceive their neighbors with lies. The word of a Christian is like the adage that said a man’s word was his bond. There is no deceit, dishonesty, or deception in the speech of one who has given their life to Jesus Christ. The Lord never told a lie. His disciples must be like Him and give pure speech. Lying lips should be put away and the truth is the only language that should be spoken to others.
Lying is the seed of many sins. O. W. Holmes said, “Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.” When the heart is filled with lies, other sins begin to multiply. Adultery starts with a lie. Covetousness breeds a lying spirit. False doctrines are predicated upon lies that what a man believes is the word of God. Satan has used lying as his most productive tool to dissuade the hearts of men to reject the word of God. Truth is the power of itself that is established forever. A lie is but for a moment. Righteous men and women hate lying. There is one truth and speaking truth is the language of the Christian. God is listening. What does He hear?