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:
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.