"Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment."
It is so much more easier to lie than it is to tell the truth especially when there's a lot at stake.
People lie to cover up what they are either ashamed of, hate about themselves, avoid facing the truth about, or to hide pain and to get their own way. It's never the move to make.
Lies do great harm, especially to innocent people, like children. It actually is insane to lie to your kids or to kids in general. If parents really love their children, they will never be found lying to them. Many children learn to lie from a parent/s.
The Bible states that a lie doesn't last long at all. The truth always comes out in one way or the other.
I always loose respect for people who lie and deceive. I end up never trusting them again in this life. God killed Ananias and Saphira for lying (Acts 5). God was showing how much He hated lying and that it was worthy of death.
When you lie to others, you are lying to God, simple as that.
We all have told a lie at some point in our lives. The problem comes in when it becomes an act that we find ourselves doing more often than not. If telling the truth isn't your first response when a situation happens, then you have practiced lying.
There is always a price to pay for lying! Besides the shame when the truth comes to light, there's the issue of integrity. When people learn that you are a liar, you develop a reputation and it spreads like fire. You are never trusted again or taken seriously. You ruin opportunities for yourself and your blessings are cut off.
As Christians, it is expected that we speak the truth with one another. There is no such thing as 'Half Truths', 'White lies', or 'Partial Truth'. Either it's all the truth or it's a lie!
Most people know when they are being lied to.
As situations arise in our lives and we have the choice to either lie or speak the truth, let's choose the latter!