Of all the bad habits, we could address, few are more prevalent yet more acceptable than lying. As painful as it may be to hear it, people lie regularly. Unfortunately, many people find it hard to get through a week without lying. This is true for believers almost as much as unbelievers. Christians are just as likely as non-Christians to falsify their tax returns, commit plagiarism, bribe to obtain a building permit, shift blame onto someone else, illegally copy a computer program, and steal from the workplace.
If we are not lying to others in the process, we are lying to ourselves. It is time for us to face it: lying is an ongoing habit that needs to be exposed, analysed, and ultimately, stopped. As we shall see, when Paul wrote to the believers in first-century Ephesus, he put it straight: “So stop telling lies” (Ephesians 4:25 NLT).
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