So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. – Ephesians 4:25 (NLT)
I used to lie, a lot. No, they weren’t huge lies, just small ones. I’d stretch the truth a bit about what happened when I was out with friends so my mom didn’t freak out when I got home. I’d exaggerate when telling a story to make myself look better to my friends. I knew telling big lies were wrong, but how about small ones that got me out of trouble and didn’t hurt anyone?
Maybe you’re like me and have gotten into a bad habit of telling lots of harmless small lies. Or maybe you flat out tell huge whopping lies. It honestly doesn’t matter. Lying isn’t good and it isn’t godly.
So if you’ve found yourself trapped in the habit of lying, take a moment to step back. Honestly look at yourself and your motivation for lying. Are you trying to make yourself look better? Cover an insecurity? Or something else?
For me, the root of my lying habit was insecurity and selfishness. I didn’t want to look bad or get in trouble, so I’d tell a lie. Once I confronted my motivation for lying, it made it easier for me to kick the habit. I realized that I needed to tell the truth even if it meant I got in trouble. I needed to tell the truth even if it meant that others didn’t look at me as favorably.
The freedom I experience when I stopped lying was amazing. I wasn’t plagued by guilt anymore. I realized that there was freedom in telling the truth. So today, choose to tell the truth regardless of what it costs you.