Basics of Christian Behavior 01 | Don't Lie!
Recently I've been teaching the basics of Christian behavior from chapter 4 of the New Testament book of Ephesians. In this series of posts, I'll be sharing some of that information. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture verses are from the New King James Version of the Bible.
Christians don't lie. Period. That's what the Bible teaches:
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
Most people seem to feel that telling a few lies here and there is natural, and even beneficial. For example, look at these headlines that a quick internet search revealed:
"Lying Is Good For You"
"White Lies Are Beneficial in Social Networks"
and even, "Why Lying To Kids About Santa Could Be Beneficial"
But, does God ever approve of lying? The Bible says, NO!
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
If you are a Christian, you should have a reputation for truthfulness. No one should ever have to wonder whether "under the circumstances" you might lie to them. If you said it, you meant it, and as far as you are aware, it's accurate. That's what Christians should be known for.
That doesn't mean, however, that we disregard people's feelings by being unnecessarily blunt in our honesty. According to Ephesians 4:15, Christians are to always speak the truth, but only in love.
But that's a lesson for another day.
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