Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-13
Do you lie?
I don’t mean the big lies like being in the military when you are not or swindling people out of their life savings. I’m talking about telling your spouse that the clothing they are wearing looks good on them, or withholding that you’ve spent money you probably shouldn’t have.
I lie. Sometimes, I don’t even realize I am lying until I have lied. Years of desensitizing to lying have made me an unconscious liar. I break one of God’s 10 commandments on a daily basis.
Is this good? No. God does not bless any of these lies. Even when my motives are pure (telling my wife she looks good when she may look less than good in that clothing). This still decreases my witness and makes me less effective. In the case with my wife, eventually she will stop believing me and not respect my opinion (just don’t be blunt, deliver that news tactfully).
We are to be honest to a fault, speaking the truth even when it hurts (but never with the intention of hurting someone). I know I continue to struggle with this, but I must strive to tell the truth.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:2