Truth frees, lies imprison; so—why do we lie? Often it’s because we believe that lying will give us an advantage or somehow make our life easier–like when we lie because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or we don’t want to get in trouble. However, we are so much better off to have truth reflected in both what we say and the way we live. Truth allows us to live in freedom. 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) Furthermore, we should also remember that God HATES lying. (Proverbs 6:16-17) Thus, if we want God’s freedom, we need to learn to hate lying. We should hate lying to others, lying to ourselves, and living a lie!

When we stop lying to ourselves, we never have to pretend to be something we are not because God frees us to be exactly the person God made us to be. We stop struggling so hard to be someone else instead of simply resting in the perfection of who God made us. When we speak honestly, we never have to be afraid of the truth being discovered. We live transparently and with a clear conscience. When we live in the freedom of truth, the only prison we fear is the one we were in when we were living apart from God! He is our strong fortress. When we’re close to Him, we awake each morning with the confidence of knowing whatever trials await us, He will handle it. The fear of living in lies is replaced by the sweet confidence of living in truth.
Close to God, we gaze upon the peaceful waters of truth and see the purest reflection of reality. Jesus is THE Truth. (John 14:6) He died so we may LIVE in freedom. When we discover the freedom of living in truth, we run from the bondage of lies. God loves us more than we love ourselves. When we seek God, like Him–we hate lies because we fall in love with the freedom of living in truth!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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