The Power of a Lie

The hardest task I have encountered in counseling with Christians who are troubled, is the task of encouraging someone who is a victim of a lie. It is amazing the damage that can come to someone by the lips of someone with evil intentions. Lies inflict emotional damage that can last throughout life. The worse part is that once a lie passes the lips, the damage is done. It can be compared to a bullet leaving the barrel of a gun. Once a bullet is fired at a target, the damage is done. Like a bullet, a lie can be removed, but the damage and scars will remain. In fact, the bible compares a slanderous lie to murder!

Psalm 5:6 (New Living Translation)
You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

The fact is when someone utters slanderous lies, they speak them to ‘kill’ relationships, ‘kill’ confidence, ‘kill’ favor, ‘kill’ influence for good, and to ‘kill’ many other qualities a person has that will bring about positive things.

As if lying isn’t bad enough in it’s self, when the lies come from inside a family or a church family, it gets worse! Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, spelled it out to us in a bold statement of truth. He began by outlining six things God hates, and then added one more thing that God absolutely detest. I am sure if I asked people on the street to list six things God hates, they would come up with a list that would be very different than Solomon’s, but in his God-Given wisdom, Solomon said it this way:

Proverbs 6:16-19 (New Living Translation)
There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:
1. Haughty (arrogant) eyes
2. A lying tongue
3. Hands that kill the innocent
4. A heart that plots evil
5. Feet that race to do wrong
6. A false witness who pours out lies

7. (Remember Solomon carefully added and stressed that God detested this one) a person who sows discord in a family

Can you see how these seven things tie themselves together? Any single sin on this list would be bad enough on it’s own merit, but rarely do they work alone but rather tie themselves tightly together. We need to comprehend the death and destruction of a lie, and understand God’s view on a lie, as outlined by Solomon and others throughout the Bible. When we get this understanding, we won’t be so quick to pick up a lie and carry it even further than the one who spoke it first!

You may think that you are innocent because you are repeating something you have already heard, but we must all be careful not to be a carrier of death and destruction. If we are ‘repeaters’ of a lie, then we are a liar! Not only do we become a liar, we place ourselves under that seventh sin that Solomon mentioned, “a person who sows discord in the family.”

The sad truth is that a victim of a lie will rarely receive the apology they desperately need, and even when they do, the damage is rarely reversed. It is murder in Gods eyes because it brings death. Have no part of this death!

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