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“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.”

 

The last of the six sins God wants us to put off like a dirty garment is lying.

“Do not lie to one another”

A lie is an attempt to communicate what is false with the evident purpose of misleading. The Greek term involves more than simply telling what is not true, for this could occur without an intent to deceive or mislead. Lying, therefore, involves not only the communication of falsehood but also the intent to deceive. Lying destroys trust. It violates truth and love.

Principle:

A lie misleads, causing distrust; the cross restores broken relationships.

Application:

How can we reconcile untruth with the Truth himself? If we operate in untruth, we misunderstand the relationship between the God of truth and the Christian life.

“What I say is true; I belong to Christ and I do not lie” (Romans 9.1).

The profound change at our new birth changed the nature of the Christian’s life. This is more than some surface change; it is a radical change of orientation to life. Conversion should change our relationships with people. People should learn to trust us better because we know Christ.

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