As we gather here today, I would like to draw your attention to the topic of telling small lies. It may seem harmless at first, but we must understand that lies of any form, big or small, are not acceptable in the sight of our Lord.
In fact, the Bible condemns lying and deceit as it goes against God's commandments. Proverbs 12:22 states, "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in trustworthy people." We are called to be people of integrity; honesty should be at the heart of every Christian.
However, we often justify small lies, thinking they are harmless and will do no harm. We tell ourselves that it was just a little white lie or that it was for a good cause. We even use phrases like, "What they don't know won't hurt them." But the truth is, these lies add up, and soon, we find ourselves living in a web of deceit.
Moreover, small lies can often have more significant consequences than we imagine. A little lie may seem insignificant, but it can do much damage. For example, suppose a doctor tells a patient they are in perfect health, even though they know the opposite is true. The patient may ignore the symptoms and not get the proper treatment, leading to potentially life-threatening consequences.
As Christians, we must stand firm on the truth and avoid all forms of dishonesty, no matter how small they may seem. We are called to be set apart from the world, to be a beacon of light and truth, and to show people what it means to live a life of integrity.
So, let us make a conscious effort to be truthful in all our words and actions. Let us remember the words of Jesus when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Let us strive to reflect His character in our everyday lives, so that we may be a powerful witness to those around us.
Let us pray. Gracious God, we come before you today, acknowledging that we are all sinners, and need your Grace. Forgive us for the times we have told small lies, thinking they are harmless. Help us to remember that you are a God of truth and integrity. Teach us to be people of honesty in all our words and actions. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.