As we get to nugget #6 today, I would like to quote John Mason as he says: “For those of us who are not Bible scholars, the essence of the Ninth Commandment can be summarized in one statement, “Thou shalt not lie.”
I would like to continue quoting from his book An Enemy Called Average (Updated and Expanded), where he says: “It has been said that it should be easy to make an honest living because there is little competition. Actually only a person with honesty and integrity can be accurately motivated or directed. Lying will always distort God’s guidance in your life. It will cause you to take steps that are not right for you. It will produce greater loss than whatever savings you may gain by telling an untruth.”
It is so sad to see all the lying, cheating and corruption in the world today. I often hear people saying things like “I like doing business with Joe….I can swear at him now and give him a good go, but once it’s over we can walk out the office and have a drink together with no hard feelings.” Or they would make false promises by nothing else than lying, to obtain new business.
By the time they must deliver, it is the one excuse after the other and never ending explanations about suppliers who have let them down. More lies, lies, lies.
And these are people who consider themselves successful business people. They try to justify this behaviour by saying…”its business. That’s how everybody does it.” No it is not!
If you treat me like in the first example I mentioned, by swearing and screaming at me, and thirty minutes later you want to have coffee with me as if we are big buddies, to me that’s falseness! That whole attitude is a lie! If you want to treat me as a friend now, I am your friend in business too. It is all or nothing…..always or never.
It is true, sometimes we have our moments, we lose it and we say things that we later regret. But there are ways of saying things…..and there are ways of saying things.
Firstly when something needs to get said, it should be said in love, not in anger.
Secondly, if you have just “lost it” and threw your toys out the cot, you should repent and ask forgiveness. You don’t justify those actions by some silly “its business” remark and just carry on. Now it becomes an excuse to repeat that kind of behaviour.
To lie or not to lie. It is a matter of integrity. It is either black or it is white. There is no middle ground.
What does the Word of God say?
Proverbs 12:22 says: “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight”.
Proverbs 19:9 says: “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish”.
Colossians 3:9-10 says: “9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”.
There is really not much that I could add to this subject, as it is either the one or the other.
Lastly, I would like to quote the seven results of lying as they are in the book An Enemy Called Average.
They are listed as follow:
“There are seven results of lying. If you lie:
- You will attract liars into your life. (Prov. 17:4)
- You will have a lack of understanding (Ps. 119:104)
- You will never enjoy permanent results (Prov. 12:19; 21:28)
- You will end up in bondage. (Gal. 2:4)
- You will be punished (Prov. 19:5)
- You will become a fool. (Prov. 10:18)
- Your lies will come back upon you. (Ps. 10:18)
This has given me lots of food for thought about who I am willing to deal with in business and everyday life. Yes, we are to love one another, and we ought to forgive and forget, but I don’t think we should be naïve. We should take a stand for truth and integrity.