“…Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:4
Apostle Peter asked the question above to Ananias and Sapphira. Each of them chose to lie about the price that they received for the selling a piece of land, and for this they each died. We have all lied, some more frequently than others, some of us more significantly than others. The purpose of a lie is to avoid a consequence or undesirable result. Sometimes our lies seem to work, or at least we believe this based on the fact that someone else may have believed what we’ve said. We’d certainly should not be so naive as to also assume that God believes our lie. When we lie is it to man, to God, or both?
Many times the recipient of our lie may never come to know the truth. Quite often, we’re even able to rationalize in our hearts as to why it was best that we lied. Again I ask, who is it that we really lie to? Proverbs 12:12 states that “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Abomination or a delight to the Lord, Hmmmm…. which do I want to cause? The definition of abomination: a vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, or habit.
May we think of all this the next time we are contemplating avoiding or obtaining through the use of a lie. When we lie, we lie to God, not just to man. Let us live in truth so that we may receive and experience all of the good He desires to do in our lives.