Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Trouble With Stretching the Truth Is That It's Apt to Snap Back

A Sunday school teacher once told her adult class, "Next Sunday I am going to teach a very important lesson.  I want you all to read Chapter 17 of St. Mark's Gospel in anticipation of it."  The members of the class nodded, indicating a willingness to do as the teacher requested.

The following Sunday the teacher asked the class, "Those who read Chapter 17 of St. Mark's Gospel during this past week, please raise your hands."  Nearly all the people in the room raised their hands.

The teacher then said, "That's very interesting.  The Gospel of Mark had only 16 chapters.  But at least I know that my lesson is going to hit its mark.  Today I'm going to teach what Jesus had to say about lying."

Perhaps the greatest punishment for lying is not that a person gets caught in the lie, but rather, the "hidden" punishment that a liar can never truly believe what anyone else says.

Tell the truth!  You'll suffer far less embarrassment and be much healtheir emotionally.  Even if truth-telling brings temporary pain, God will honor your courage and bless you for doing the right thing.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
Proverbs 19:5

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