Lying is more than just saying something that is not factually correct. In a recent post, Christian counselor Brad Hambrick discussed twelve ways people lie about sexual sin.
He says “we begin the process of deceit by so limiting our definition of lying that none of our deceptive behavior is “technically a lie.”
Though he focuses on sexual sin, the different ways of lying he lays out show up across many categories of sin. Any time I feel the need to justify or hide my sin, no matter what it is, I can be tempted to reach into this tool bag of deceitful techniques.
I urge you to read his post and consider which of these methods of failing to be truthful is most tempting for you. Then ask the Lord to guard your heart from that and give you a passion for truth that exceeds your desire to be justified before others. If you have not been truthful with someone in your life, about sexual sin or any other sin, go to them, repent and be truthful. If you need help walking through that process talk with a Christian friend or one of the pastors. It’s that important.
May God give us a passion for truth in all our relationships!