In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself” – Ephesians 4: 25 (MSG)

Integrity. Honesty. Truth. Are these words

descriptive of your character? If you want to have a positive impact on others, they need to be. Your reputation and your capacity to

Influence, hinges on your ability to be trusted. And though trust often takes years to develop, it takes only seconds to be destroyed.

Just look to the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Read: Acts 5: 1-11)

This is a scary story. They lied to God by saying that the money they had given to the Apostles was all the money from the sale of their land. They didn’t need to give all the money if they didn’t want to. They could have just said that it was part of it. But they lied about it. God takes lying very seriously. God is a God of truth. Lying is opposite to His nature; it is the nature of Satan, our enemy. I don’t believe God would strike us dead today if we have lied, but He takes away the peace in our hearts when we do.

It is far better to tell the truth and face the punishment than to lie and lose our peace with God, and lose the trust that our parents or friends have in us. This is something we should think of before we lie. Trust is often broken. When someone lies, we cannot believe much of what they say anymore. So make it your choice today and every day, to always tell the truth – no matter how much trouble you are in. It’s the smart choice.

The case of Ananias and Sapphira illustrates the fact that even believers can be led into bold, flagrant sin. It is also a reminder to us today that God sees the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), that He hates sin, and that He is concerned for the purity of His church.

“You deserve honesty from the heart; yes, utter sincerity and truthfulness. Oh, give me this wisdom” —Psalm 51:6 (TLB)

Lord, I pray that you will help me to always speak the truth. And to be someone, people can trust, Who will bring honour to you. – M.S.Lowndes