Lying is a great way to make life easier, and so is deceit, hypocrisy, slander and revenge. They are all magnificent tools for smoothing over conflicts in relationships, making ourselves look better, feel better and gain wealth.
Who hasn’t lied to get out of trouble at home, at work with a boss, or with a spouse? We lie because we trust ourselves more than other people; we understand ourselves better. We know that we made a mistake, and we know why we made that mistake. Someone else, however, may not be as forgiving on us as we are on ourselves, and that may result in loss of reputation, a bonus or praise.
The same goes for slander or revenge. If someone does something wrong to us, it really feels good to tell others what a bad person that guy is. That way we retain some immediate dignity in the situation; we grow back to normals size after having felt small and hurt. Hypocrisy can make us feel better about ourselves, too. Don’t do as I do, do as I say, right? Telling people that will at least help them out regardless of what we do.
Without those remarkable tools, what would we do with ourselves? Where would we be? If we didn’t lie to our bosses, we may have been fired. If we didn’t deceive our friends, we may have never made that connection that made our dreams come true. If we didn’t tear down that guy who wronged us, he would have torn us down even further than we already were, and we may not have been able to take it. That’s why we did it. We did it to protect ourselves, to protect us and, maybe, them.
The only trouble with using those types of tools is that they have no longevity. Eventually they’ll backfire, fall short or be more harmful than helpful. Who likes being lied to or deceived? Who likes a guy who badmouths everything? Where does revenge get you other than the same place you started but worse? You know what, those tools fall short because they are not with God, and the things of God are everlasting. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35). That’s why choosing God’s tool belt is the better choice, not only to please God but to also use tools that won’t break on you after the first swing.
In the same way that we have faith that our lies will work, instead, let’s have the same faith in truth. Believe that truth will get us further in life. Believe, have faith, in the foundations of love, peace, kindness, goodness, truth and wisdom to protect our reputations, homes, health, happiness and dreams. Believe in patient teaching and correction. Believe in change and believe in prayer. Believe that God loves us, and he is using love, not lies, to protect us. Believe in his forgiveness and his goodness to help us achieve all the good things in life.
“You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings–what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them” (2 Timothy 3:10-11).