We lie to ourselves, we lie to each other, and we are lied to on a regular basis. It has been said that if the truth was spoken constantly in the world of man, that this would be a very ugly, hurtful place, even more than it is now. Inuendoes and mocking would cease to exist, it would find no place, for the truth that we know to be in ourselves would be clearly seen in all of us.
We are not different than the lost in this respect, both the lost and the saved know for a fact that we live a life covered in lies, we simply see them as sin, as an opportunity for repentance and growth, while the world sees them as a natural part of their lives. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Col. 4:6)
Salt adds flavor, as the Lord said in Matthew 5:13, but it also has other uses, I would not put salt into an open wound, if I were you, but that is what many feel when we speak the truth to them, when we, after we have been shown clarity in an instance in that person’s life, offer them the truth about themselves, we remove that covering that they have placed upon themselves, and let them look upon that lie.
It bothers some people very little to lie, if you have been paying any attention to the news the last eighteen months or so, you will have noticed this, the prescribed narrative, no matter the situation, is most generally a lie meant to deceive all who will listen into believing what those in authority want them to believe. They are the expected diversions. They are meant for one of two purposes, these lies, either to draw attention to or away from something, and since the majority of the people are simple-minded, (Prov. 1:22) and easily deceived, the lies most generally fulfill their purpose.
If you are indeed born-again, when you happen to speak a lie, and we all do occasionally, you receive from the Holy Spirit a warning, as it were, you feel within you that you have just done something wrong, you have sinned. This is, in essence, where 1 Corinthians 10:13 begins to come into focus. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” You have just been shown the way out, that feeling, that knowledge has just been imparted to you, and you have two options now, repent, repent and speak the truth, asking forgiveness from the one you have lied to, or stay silent, and move a little farther away from the grace, mercy and blessings of the Lord.
We are to be open, honest and truthful at all times, our words are to reflect Christ, yet at the same time they are to be seasoned with salt. This planet today belongs to Satan, he is the father of lies, and so you should expect everyone that you meet who is not of the sheepfold of the Lord to lie to you, either for another, or for their own sake, for pride, vanity, vainglory, for any possible reason. They are still of the world, and so it is expected. We are not trying to “catch them” in these lies, but if that lie is apparent, we are to “call them out” on it, not for us though, for them. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
This statement says that those who live a lie are not free, they are in bondage, and this entire world my friends, lies in the bondage of sin. Jesus Christ is the Truth, (John 14:6) those that do not know Him as Savior are living a lie, and when we attempt to reveal Him to them, we are showing them this truth, that they are in bondage, that they are in darkness, and that if they will not accept the Truth, they will remain in that darkness for all eternity. We are the bearers of salt, (Matt. 5:13) and light (Matt. 5:14) we know the Truth, if those that you are speaking to cannot see that in you, then you must begin to contemplate if you are the one this letter was written about.