Our Bible verse for today: “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Lying creates a tangled web of deceit”
In the year 1513 Scotland lost one of the most disastrous battles in its long history. It was the battle of Marmion. Without going into the details, the battle was lost because of a complicated web of lying, deceit, intrigue, and treachery on the part of the key characters.
In 1808 Scottish writer and poet Sir Walter Scott memorialized that battle in his famous poem “Marmion”. Out of that poem came one of the most memorable lines ever about lying: “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!”
One lie inevitably leads to another, and then to another, and then to another. When you tell a lie not only do you have to remember what untrue thing you said, but invariably you will end up having to tell another lie to cover up for the first lie, and that will often lead to additional lies, and soon it becomes a tangled web of lies that you can’t work your way out of. Eventually you will be found out and identified as a liar, relationships will be damaged, people will get hurt, and your reputation will be tainted – all because you didn’t tell the truth to begin with.
In John 8:32, when Jesus said that the truth will set us free, He was speaking specifically about spiritual truth, Biblical truth. In other words learning, embracing, and living by the truth as taught by Jesus will set you free. A saved and obedient follower of Jesus will experience freedom from sin, but also from the confusion about how to live daily life. Knowing and living by the truth of God sets us free, it brings freedom from wrong living.
In a similar manner, telling the truth will set you free. Tell the truth to begin with and you won’t have to worry about getting caught up in a tangled web of lies and deceit. The truth isn’t always convenient but it is always the truth. If you simply tell the truth you will never have to worry about accurately remembering your lie, and you won’t have to cover anything up. Always telling the truth frees us from being trapped in the complicated and tangled web of lies and deceit.
I encourage you to avoid that tangled web of lies and deceits. Simply tell the truth – always.