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Put Away Lying

The title of this devotion brings back so many memories. My grandmother, whom
I give honor to today, cautioned me so many times not to tell lies. In fact, growing up, we were not allowed to use the word ‘lie.’ Instead, we said ‘don’t tell stories.’ My grandmother could not tolerate anyone who did not tell the truth; calling someone a liar was worse than calling someone a thief. She would always press me to tell the truth, no matter what the consequence. Wisdom allowed her to
know if I was being honest – it was on my face. This matter of lying is like a disease. One lie will lead to another lie, because we have to cover up for the first lie. Not only that, some of us don’t feel like lying is a sin, but it is. We must learn to put lying away. In Ephesians 4:25, we find these words:

“So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all
parts of the same body.”

The writer calls upon the people to speak the truth and put away anything ungodly. Verse 22 tells us to throw off our old sinful nature and our former way of life, and verse 24 tells us to “put on the new nature, created to be like God”. We should have a heart of repentance and forgiveness and never give place to the devil. When you get a chance, read this entire chapter because it has a lot to say about what we should and should not do. There is something in there for all of us. And when we adhere to God’s Word, then He will get the glory.