We think lies will help free us from consequences, otherwise, we wouldn’t tell them—right? I speak from the experience of having been a liar; indeed, there was a been time when much of my life was a lie! It started when I was young, and I would lie to my parents. Yes, I was that teenager who would sneak out at night–and I also almost always got caught! Really–it was kind of a relief to get caught because then the truth was out and I was relieved of the fear of being caught in my lie. The truth gave me peace. When we lie we take our peace away because each lie is like placing another skeleton of vulnerability in our closet. We must constantly worry if anyone will discover the door to all of our sordid secrets. God knows about all of our lies–so why add more and live in fear of them being discovered by others? Lies just add more burden to our life–not more freedom. Freedom is found in truth–which comes from drawing close to Jesus Who said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6a) When we are close to God, He is the Light and He illuminates the Truth which frees us from the slavery of lies. The Bible says: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) The benefits of truth are many—we have credibility, we have closer and more meaningful relationships, we don’t live in fear of getting caught, and—we leave a legacy of honesty and integrity. William Shakespeare said: “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” As a point of humor—the older we get, the less we remember, so perhaps this is what inspired Mark Twain to say: “Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.” Truth and freedom go hand in hand–as do lies and slavery. Each day we choose to live in truth, we also choose to live in freedom.