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This video of three-year-old Johnny lying to his mother went viral on the Internet after she posted it on YouTube. “I saw this as a sweet moment,” the mother said, “something that every child goes through…where they try to push the boundaries to see how far they can go.”

While little Johnny is cute and we smile and chuckle at his denials despite the glaring evidence of red sprinkles on his face, this video reminds us not only of how children are capable of lying at an early age but how we, as adults, continue to lie.

Our lies range from little “white” lies, half-truths, exaggerations, and denials, to major falsehoods. Some lies seem harmless, with few consequences. Other lies go hidden for years, and then are suddenly exposed in a glaring public manner, destroying careers, marriages, families, reputations, and lives.

We see the effects of lies by politicians, entertainers, athletes, corporate executives, and even among the clergy—for example:

• The devastating effects of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme on thousands of investors who lost their life savings

• The hundreds of thousands of deaths and casualties as a result of the “weapons of mass destruction” lies that led to the Iraq war

• The traumatized lives of young men and women who were sexually abused as children by priests and the subsequent cover-up by church leaders

Knowing how lies can destroy relationships, lives, and organizations, the apostle Paul admonished Christians in both the Colossian and Ephesian churches:

“Don’t lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:9, New living Translation, NLT)

“…put away all falsehood and tell your neighbor the truth…” (Ephesians 4: 25, NLT)

Paul points out that lying is part of our old sinful nature, along with anger, rage, malicious behavior, dirty language, sexual sin, lust, impurity, and shameful desires, all of which need to be put to death within us now that we have been raised to new life with Jesus Christ (Col. 3:1-11, NLT).

In place of our old nature, Paul reminds us,

“…you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. In this new life…Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

“Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

“Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other… And whatever you say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father. “ (Col. 3:10-12, 16-17, NLT)

We must not only speak truth to each other and maintain the unity of fellowship within the body of Christ, but just as importantly, Paul says:

“Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.” (Col. 4:5-6, NLT)

As brothers and sisters in whom Christ dwells, let us commit ourselves to being people of truth and gracious words, and where we have failed to be such, may we be willing to confess our sin and make amends where possible.

Little Johnny was unwilling to confess to his mother. But we know that if we confess our sin to our heavenly father, “he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9, NLT)


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