“Those who are given to white lies soon become color blind.”

—Source unknown


If your nose grew every time you told a lie, would you stop telling lies? Pinocchio was a wooden marionette who was given the opportunity to be transformed into a real boy on one condition—he had to listen to and follow his conscience. Every time he told a lie, his nose would grow. 

Pinocchio struggles with his conscience. Time after time he is pressured to make a decision—tell a lie or be embarrassed—tell a lie or miss out on some fun. Each time, telling a lie seems like a better choice than telling the truth. Over time he deadens his conscience by repeatedly telling lies. Every time he tells a lie, however, his nose grows! Before he knows it, his nose grows to more than a foot long—he despairs that he will never be a real boy.

Maybe you, too, struggle deeply with a habit of lying. You have a sales quota to reach—the only way to close that deal is to make a promise you will never be able to keep. You have a deadline to meet and your reputation is at stake—you claim something is done when it is still on the drawing board. You have loved ones who would be hurt by the truth—you tell a lie to protect them. Like Pinocchio, you tell a lie because it is easy and seems like the best way out. In the end, however, your lies compromise your character and God-given identity. You cannot lie continually and expect to enjoy a life of faith in obedience to God’s will because …

“Surely you [God] desire[s] truth in the inner parts.” 

Psalm 51:6

What Is a Lie? 

  • A lie is a deliberate untrue statement told with the intent to deceive.
  • The word translated as “lie” is the Greek word pseudos, which means “falsehood or lie.”

“Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.”

Psalm 58:3

What Is a White Lie?

  • A white lie is an untrue statement that appears harmless and unimportant.
  • A white lie is a lie in which the person saying it feels justified in not being truthful.

“With his [Ananias’] wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself.” (Acts 5:2) (Read Acts 5:1–5)

What Is a Half-Truth? 

  • A half-truth is a statement or act that is only partially true with the deliberate intent to deceive.
  • A half-truth is a cunning method of deception with just enough truth to be convincing.

“[Abram said] Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”

Genesis 12:13

What Is Perjury?

  • Perjury is false testimony given under oath.
  • Perjury is a serious crime, resulting in punishment.

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.”

Proverbs 19:5




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Grace Filled Words:

“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Galatians 3:2-3

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Psalm 141:3

Additional Scriptures: 

Galatians 3:11

Proverbs 16:2

Romans 10:3-4

Proverbs 6:16–19

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