Most of us grew up with parents who warned us about telling lies to others.
One time I disobeyed my parents and, without their permission, went to the house of a friend of a friend. We misbehaved, I tried to cover it up, my parents found out, and I got into big trouble.
Not many of us, however, grew up learning that one of the biggest mistakes we can make is lying to ourselves. We do this every day, many times a day, and these lies get us into big trouble.
We rationalize sinful behavior. We analyze God’s promises and conclude they are wrong. We minimize the danger of our bad habits. We neglect broken relationships.
When Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), he gave us a promise and also a prohibition. He doesn’t allow any kind of lying to get us closer to God, including lying to ourselves. It only distances us from God.
Jesus promises a better way. When we trust him, we will strive for truth. We will repent of our lying tendencies. We will live in the grace of his forgiveness.
There is only one letter that makes lie different than life. So replace lying to yourself with faith in Jesus that loves him and his ways. Instead of trouble, you will find the blessing of a better, richer, and more abundant life.