Why Do People Lie About Us?
Thursday night Bible Study
People lie.
People lie about us.
Why do people lie?
B1 To cause pain
C1 Physical
C2 Emotional
C3 Spiritual
B2 To seek advantage (manipulate)
C1 Money
C2 Power
B3 To destroy
B4 To spread rumors
B5 Because they are misinformed
B6 To hear a compliment
B7 To avoid people knowing us too well
B8 To avoid helping someone
B9 To brag and look good before others
B10 To get benefits as a better job
B11 To get out of trouble or punishment
B12 To win an argument
B13 Because of a poor memory
B14 To control others
B15 To give a joke (practical jokers)
B16 To avoid know our true self (lying to yourself)
B17 To avoid guilt
B18 To help someone (as in crime, giving an untruthful alibi)
B19 To cover up our crime (as abuses from pastors, teachers, etc.)
Three common reasons are:
  1. Escape accountability.
  2. Get access to things that they wouldn’t otherwise have.
  3. Embellish reality.
The Bible says this about people who lie about us:
B1 Because they hate us: Proverbs 26:24-28 GodsWord Whoever is filled with hate disguises it with his speech, but inside he holds on to deceit. When he talks charmingly, do not trust him because of the seven disgusting things in his heart. His hatred is deceitfully hidden, but his wickedness will be revealed to the community. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.
B2 Because their conscious is seared, that is, they do not feel guilt: I Timothy 4:1-2 GodsWord The Spirit says clearly that in later times some believers will desert the Christian faith. They will follow spirits that deceive, and they will believe the teachings of demons. These people will speak lies disguised as truth. Their consciences have been scarred as if branded by a red-hot iron.
The Psalmist experienced this. This is also a prophecy about Messiah Jesus:
Psalms 41:5-13 GodsWord My enemies say terrible things about me: “When will he die, and when will his family name disappear?” When one of them comes to visit me, he speaks foolishly. His heart collects gossip. Then he leaves to tell others. Everyone who hates me whispers about me. They think evil things about me and say, “A devilish disease has attached itself to him. He will never leave his sickbed.” Even my closest friend whom I trusted, the one who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. Have pity on me, O LORD! Raise me up so that I can pay them back and my enemy cannot shout in triumph over me. When you do this, I know that you are pleased with me. You defend my integrity, and you set me in your presence forever. Thank the LORD God of Israel through all eternity! Amen and amen!
Jesus experienced it, too.
Matthew 26:59-68 GodsWord The chief priests and the whole council were searching for false testimony to use against Jesus in order to execute him. But they did not find any, although many came forward with false testimony. At last two men came forward. They stated, “This man said, ‘I can tear down God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.'” The chief priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Don’t you have any answer to what these men testify against you?” But Jesus was silent. Then the chief priest said to him, “Swear an oath in front of the living God and tell us, are you the Messiah, the Son of God?” Jesus answered him, “Yes, I am. But I can guarantee that from now on you will see the Son of Man in the highest position in heaven. He will be coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the chief priest tore his robes in horror and said, “He has dishonored God! Why do we need any more witnesses? You’ve just heard him dishonor God! What’s your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves the death penalty!” Then they spit in his face, hit him with their fists, and some of them slapped him. They said, “You Christ, if you’re a prophet, tell us who hit you.”
Sometimes people will not believe us, even when we tell the truth.
What to do?
  1. Tell the truth.
  2. Stay calm. You want to respond angrily immediately, but that will only give them satisfaction.
  3. Take comfort that you know and tell the truth
  4. Admit to yourself the hurt
  5. If you have witnesses, you can confront the liar. Speak calmly. Don’t yell.
  6. Someday, some place it will be exposed as a lie.
  7. God will judge, so we don’t need to take revenge.
  8. Calmly tell someone about the situation. First to God, next to a sympathetic listener.
  9. You can be in peace when you go to sleep as you have placed your trust in God.
  10. Document your actions, if possible.
  11. Usually, the liar wants a reaction, so try not to, which denies them any satisfaction.
5 Verses That Help Me Understand
  1. Truth is more important than lying: Proverbs 19:22 GodsWord Loyalty is desirable in a person, and it is better to be poor than a liar.
  2. The truth will be revealed some day, some time and liars will be punished: Proverbs 19:5 GodsWord A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will not escape.
  3. The Lord Jesus stayed silent: Matthew 26:63 GodsWord But Jesus was silent. Then the chief priest said to him, “Swear an oath in front of the living God and tell us, are you the Messiah, the Son of God?
  4. I have the example of the Lord Jesus: I Peter 2:23 GodsWord Christ never verbally abused those who verbally abused him. When he suffered, he didn’t make any threats but left everything to the one who judges fairly.
  5. God honors those who tell and live the truth: Matthew 5:11 WEL You are blessed when people verbally abuse and persecute you and say all kinds of evil, wicked things about you falsely for my sake.
Posted by Choco in 2019 at 08:03
Labels: Emotions, Liars, Lies


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