The Remedy for Lying

Have you ever been dealing with someone who just won’t tell you the truth?  Let’s just say that it’s obvious that some type of deception or discrepancy has taken place, but the other person just won’t own up to the dastardly deed.  You may resort to arguing—maybe even yelling—to force the issue, but the only thing that’s uncovered is your temper!  If the lie goes on too long, it can permanently damage the relationship.

What makes this issue so maddening?  I think it’s because truth is to our hearts and relationships like oxygen is to our lungs. If we don’t receive the truth, we feel as if we are being held under water and may drown in betrayal.

Let’s look at the flipside of this issue.

Have you ever been dealing with someone who, after lying, comes clean with you?  The Bible refers to this kind of experience.  In Proverbs 24:26 it says; “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.”*

Imagine that sensation for a minute.   It’s refreshing.  It’s caring.  It’s satisfying.  And, I believe, not only does the receiver feel rejuvenated by it, but also the giver.  It’s as if, while drowning, you’ve been rescued, pulled to the surface and given CPR—the kiss of life.  So who wouldn’t feel good about that?  Both the rescued, as well as, the rescuer experience a moment of joy when the truth is embraced.

There’s good news and bad news in this post.  The bad news is, you cannot control whether the other person tells you the truth or not.  The good news is that you can offer the truth in all your relationships knowing what an absolute gift it is to your relationships.

How about we do some kissing?!

*Taken from the New International Version

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Comments on: "The Remedy for Lying" (3)

  1. Donna Bragdon said:

    I like it! What a refreshing way to look at TRUTH.

  2. Aimee Folmer said:

    Do you have any tips for lying 4-year olds? I mean when you KNOW they are lying (but you can never seem to catch them red handed)!

  3. Aimee, that sounds like a good idea for a future post. I can’t guarantee that it will be my next one, but I’ll try to get something up very soon. Thanks for reading!

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