Lying is very alarming nowadays. Anything that deflects the truth is already dishonesty. It is also something when the word spoken does not agree with God’s word. There are many forms of dishonesty namely; company theft, bribery, dishonest scales, plunder, graft and corruptions, promises not kept and broken contracts. “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies” (Psalm 34:12-13). Lying is like a plague that hits many people everywhere. It is treated to be a commonplace because many of us have been enslaved by this grievous act. Abraham Lincoln once said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
Why do people practice dishonesty? One defense of someone for not telling the truth is that, “everyone lies” however, cheating doesn’t really pay, because of bending the truth, the price of such a feat, would be distrust from someone we deceived. Hence, by the time that we are already telling the truth, they won’t believe us anymore. Remember what happened to Ananias and Sapphira, who deceived the Holy Spirit about how much they received for the sale of their land. They both fell down dead (Acts 5:1-11). This is however, the bitter result of deception.
Dishonesty, whether done in a little bit or simply twisting the truth, is still an act of deceit. Lying is the result of pride, fear and the man’s desire for material things. And we are also afraid that if we reveal the truth, other people will condemn us, we are people pleasers instead of pleasing God in everything we do. Our desire for material things might lead us to betray others. “A false witness will not go unpunished and whoever pours out lies will perish” (Proverbs 19:9). We want something as an exchange for the services we rendered or to hasten the transactions involved. Dishonest transactions happen in both government and private institutions.
However, dishonesty results to misunderstanding among individuals. When a spouse for example, betrayed his/ her partner, it will result to misunderstanding. One single lie may lead to broken homes. This is also the reason for broken relationships among friends. Sometimes we perceive lying as not to hurt anyone. However, because of twisting the truth the result would be mistrust from those we loved. “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” (Proverbs 12:22).Satan is known to be the “father of lies” is behind this evil pursuit. He wanted to destroy the integrity of man by leading them astray through the practice of dishonesty.
“Cheating is the ungodly pursuit, which leads man to destruction.” Some students are guilty of this corrupt act. During exams the different tactics of cheating will be done, specially, those who didn’t study before the exam. However, in cheating we do not hurt our instructors or our classmates but we only harm ourselves. The consequences of dishonestly would be distrust and condemnation.
In Revelation 21:8 says, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and He shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and the murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” However, we can always repent and honesty confess our sins to God. He is willing to listen to a contrite spirit. God knows our earnest pleadings of His unending mercy.
Hence, God knows what is inside our hearts. If we commit a mistake, there is at least one person who knows it – God. “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). Thus everything hidden will always come to light. Nothing is ever veiled in God’s watchful eyes. Let us be careful in our words and deeds and so that it will become honorable before God.