Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Facing the Truth When We've Been Deceived

Have you ever known people who couldn't quite face the reality of their circumstances or admit their wrongdoing when it was so obvious to everyone but them?  Perhaps they were so skilled at telling little white lies or perverting the truth that even they were deceived.

I think at one time or another, we have all told a fib or two even if our motives were pure.  But deception is never God's way.  In fact, He attributes lying to Satan, the father of lies.  Yet I know people who have fallen prey to the enemy's deception to such an extent that they have lost touch with reality and have no concept of just how much God values them.

Perhaps the lies we are most prone to tell are the ones we tell ourselves and our loved ones in order to justify our own sin.  We lie to protect the ones who could be hurt by our actions, and we lie to ourselves because we don't want to face the truth about our own failures and shortcomings.

There is no freedom in living a lie.  If we know that God requires holiness of us yet we willfully sin and lie to cover up our transgressions, we become enslaved to the very sin we attempt to cover up.  A sinful act is not okay just because "everybody else is doing it."  That is the enemy's lie.  But no matter how bad or ugly the truth about us may be, it is better to face the truth and repent of the deception than to live a lie of any size.

Many of us lie out of fear that someone will find us out, or more importantly that we will discover that we are a disappointment to God or our parents or a significant other.  "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8, NIV).  "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9, NIV). 

If you have been dishonest with yourself and others, living a lie rather than walking in the truth of what  God says about you, realize that He loves you as you are rather than as you portray yourself to be.  If there is some area of sin you are hiding from others or yourself, know that God sees and He loves you anyway.  Confess that sin and rest in the amazing grace He offers those who are truly repentant. 

If we could ever just grasp "how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18, NIV), then perhaps our hearts would be changed and we would with all our being embrace the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

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