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A good friend passed away a few weeks ago. Always sad to see someone go, but sweet knowing they are In heaven, free from pain and suffering.

I learned a powerful lesson from this man one day. We were working late; both of us were exhausted and ready to go home. My friend stepped out of the office for a moment and the phone rang. I answered and the person on the line asked for my friend. I lied and said he had just gone home, thinking I was doing my friend a favor by sparing him one more phone call.

When my friend stepped back in, he asked who had called.

“It was so and so, but I told him you had already left for the day,” I answered.

I’ll never forget his response, “Why did you tell him that? You don’t have to lie for me.” Then he proceeded to call the person back.

It was a very formidable rebuke.

Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Two out of seven are about lying. I would say God is opposed to it.

Lesson learned ……… you don’t have to lie.

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com