As children, we were taught that if it’s not the ‘truth’, then it’s a lie. There were no variations of lying, such as a ‘white’ lie. A lie was a lie.
Today, there is a new, and supposedly more acceptable term for lying, known as ‘alternative facts’. Alternative facts are spoken when someone is unwilling to acknowledge or accept the truth presented. Instead, other explanations are fabricated to explain or justify ones own beliefs or their actions for their own pride or purposes.
Proverbs 12 says a lot about the consequences of untruthfulness.
“The LORD detest lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Those who lie to create confusion and disruption, will themselves experience confusion and disruption in their lives.” (vs 21)
Words can be reckless if not spoken responsibly, causing much hurt and confusion. If maligned words are continuously spoken, it could provide insight into ones heart. God loves and honors those whose lips speak words that uplift and inspire. It is His will that you surround yourself with those who can speak positivity and encouragement into your life.
Despite those who may try to mislead us with various forms of untruths, be mindful that God is a gracious and merciful God, who delights in those who are trustworthy, promote peace and have joy. (v20).
Father, help us not to be tricked or misled by misspoken truths and those whose intentions are not honorable or wise. Surround us with those whose lips are filled with good things, providing words of healing, wisdom and truth. In Jesus’s name, Amen.