No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers. By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.
James 1:13-16, 18 HCSB
Father please cleanse me. I have at times and most recently been dishonest, fearful, doubtful, easily angered or frustrated, have cursed, and been unloving.
I ask for forgiveness and pray for strength. Help me Lord.
Even in our attempts to not hurt others, telling a lie is plain and simple, a lie—stop trying to sugarcoat it or reduce it to something less than what it is. So I pray for forgiveness for the times this week when I didn’t tell the whole truth, for the times when I tried to craft my words just right so not to hurt a person (or reveal my weakness), and in doing so I was not honorable.
What chain reaction did I cause?
I will never say to anyone that we should just be blatant and brutal in our speech, but consider the times when we hesitated or completely refused to be honest with someone because we didn’t want them hurt or because we didn’t want to be on the receiving end of someone’s wrath or grief. But I will say this, instead of telling a lie why don’t we honestly admit our discomfort and explain that we are torn between being fully transparent, and telling a lie, in order to protect ourselves or that person?
I’ve lied before to protect the person I was speaking to and later on that lie came back to haunt me. Here I thought I was helping, and all I did was cause more harm. Had I honestly expressed the discomfort I was feeling and explained the potential impact that my honesty could cause, this person would then have the option of hearing the truth or walking away—not walking away with my lie in their mind and heart—just to later find out that I also deceived them.
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