Truth frees; lies imprison. So–why lie? Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) God HATES lying. (Proverbs 6:16-17) His Son died to give us freedom, so why do we neglect truth in favor of lies? We tell lies because we believe that they will give us an advantage or make life better; when, in fact, they bury us alive. We are much better off to have truth be reflected in both what we say and the way we live. There is such freedom when our talk matches our walk. When we’re living honestly, we never have to pretend to be something we are not; and we’re free to be exactly the person God made us to be. We often struggle so hard to be something we are not instead of simply resting in the perfection of who God made us. When we learn to live honestly–meaning live exactly who God made us and always tell the truth–we are free. Then–the only prison we fear is not being close to God. We don’t live in fear of lesser things because His truth is our strong defense. We awake in the morning knowing whatever trial awaits us, God’s strength flows through us. Fear is replaced by sweet confidence. To be free, we must live in truth. When we are close to God, we gaze upon the clear water of truth and see the purest reflection of reality. Jesus is THE Truth. (John 14:6) He died so that we may LIVE in freedom. When we discover the freedom in living in truth, we learn to run from the bondage of lies. God loves us more than we love ourselves and when we seek Him, we find the freedom of truth.