'Stretching the Truth'
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. John 16:13
It seems like lying has become a national pastime. We lie about everything from our age to our résumé to our mother-in-law’s cooking. And we don’t have to be taught how to lie—we just know how to do it. The odd thing is that we hate being lied to, but we don’t mind lying to others if it will further our own position.
Well, God flat-out hates lying. He hates it because he is a truthful God, a transparent God. He is truth. And when we lie to each other, we are acting contrary to his character. In fact, when we lie, we are reflecting the personality of the evil one.
Many of us have lied so often that we confuse our lies with the truth. We have followed the path of Satan and have drifted away from God. We need to break away from all of those lies and follow God’s guide.
God will always prompt you not to lie. The Holy Spirit will lead you to the truth, but you have to be willing to follow. The choice is yours to make. You can choose whether or not to reflect God’s character.
This week, when you are about to exaggerate or “stretch the truth” in a conversation, throttle back and take your cue from the Holy Spirit. Listen to what God is telling you and walk the path that glorifies him. Choose the truth, because life is too short to lie.