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Your true self…

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
-Proverbs 28:13

Every time we lie, that lie goes into our subconscious minds and we have to hold it, sometimes for years. We have to remember continually that, “I lied about this,” and remember the details. That is an actual psychological and spiritual burden we carry with us. And the more lies and more dishonest we are, the heavier that burden becomes.

What would our lives be like if we could not lie? Let’s challenge ourselves to find out. It’ll be very difficult at first, but we’ll be so glad we did. We’ll be so glad that our characters become more important to us than a falsely created image. And if people hate us or love us, at least it’s really us and not the fake images we’ve created.

The most important thing is that God loves us, cares for us, needs us, and wants to use us in a hurting and broken world, and it requires that we are honest and truthful people.

We know it’s true because, whenever we’ve lied about something and harbored that lie, or harbored some form of dishonesty, and then took that weight off, it’s only after we took it off that we realize how heavy and cumbersome it was.

It takes a lot of courage to take it off. It’s very difficult because the fear is that people will hate us once they know the truth. Yet, with the truth told, we’ll grow closer to people than we ever thought we could. Most of the time, they knew we were being dishonest, anyway.

Let the Lord give you the strength. And know that his love will lift you up as you reveal your true self to others.

Prayer: Lord, only your love can give me the real strength to do this. I want to be my true self with others. I want to find relief from this heavy burden of maintaining lies about myself. Amen.

Reflection: What would be the first lie about yourself that you would reveal to others? Describe the weight that would be lifted when you do so.

House of cards….

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
-Proverbs 11:3

In a recent study by the University of California, Santa Barbara, it was revealed that in a typical ten-minute conversation, the average person lies three times and six times each day. They do it through exaggerations, bending the truth, or pretending as if everything is okay when it isn’t.

In the study, they asked this question at the beginning: Are you a liar? Only three percent of the people said, “Yes, I am a liar,” and ninety-seven percent said, “No, I am not a liar.” As the study continued, the three percent who checked “I am a liar” were proven thirty percent more honest than the ninety-seven percent who checked “I’m not a liar.”

This is something that we all deal with, and the worst thing about any form of lying or dishonesty is it never stands alone. One lie always requires more lies. And you have to keep on building lies and remembering all the lies to keep everything pieced together to hold up your shaky house of cards.

A person’s character should make lying completely unnecessary. That’s why Jesus offers the easy yoke of a life in which yes is yes and no is no, and you can be truly yourself. That’s how we need to live. We need to walk in that easy yolk of honesty – to smile and simply say, “This is who I am – without masks, without lying. Dishonesty is a very heavy burden that I need not carry with Jesus by my side.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing me how to live a life of strong character. It’s a simpler and better life as I live honestly in your truth. Amen.

Reflection: Have you ever been caught in a lie? In retrospect, how could you have better handled that situation?

Liar, liar…

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.”
-Leviticus 19:11

What would your life be like if it were impossible for you to lie? It would be hard for a few weeks, wouldn’t it? Yes it would be. It would be like Jim Carey in the movie “Liar Liar.”

Imagine that you couldn’t lie. At first people might be offended, get their feelings hurt, but eventually they would adjust as they got to know the new you. And you would feel very differently, wouldn’t you? You would be an open book. You would not be able to carry a heavy burden of dishonesty, lies, or mask wearing. If you didn’t want to go out with someone, you would simply say, “No thanks, I don’t want to go out tonight.” You would never lie.

Now, what would that life be like? I want to convince you that, although being honest requires gentleness, kindness, wisdom, and courage, it’s also the kind of life that God wants us to lead. In this honest life, we don’t have to wear or carry the burden of lies. We can just be ourselves. That’s the way Jesus wants us to be. It is part of a happy, full, and flourishing life,

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live the flourishing life that you have designed for me. Help me to be gentle, kind, wise and courageous as I begin to tell the complete truth to others and myself. Amen.

Devotion: What burden has your lies caused you to carry?

Most Common Lies Parents Tell Kids.

Have you ever lied to your child to stop a tantrum? Ever told a fib to get them to behave? You are not alone.

A study published in the International Journal of Psychology found that 84 percent of parents in the United States and 98 percent of parents in China lie to their children to make them behave. When lies are told to children it gets the clinical description of  “instrumental lying.”

In both countries, the most common lie told by parents is the same. It occurs when a child is having a tantrum in public and the parent says he or she will walk away and leave the child if the kid does not behave.

Another common lie is a false promise of buying a requested toy or other item at a later date if the child behaves.

Parents lie the most about food, spending money and misbehavior, according to the study.

Parents in the United States lied more about fictional characters such as Santa Claus and the tooth fairy compared to parents in China.

One possible reason parents lie is because of the stress they feel when their children don’t behave, researchers said.

“What a parent is going nuts, they’ll do whatever it takes,” one parent in the United States said.

“Most of the lies I’ve told my children are last resorts and out of despair. If I could get them to do what I’m asking another way, I would,” another parent said.

The study also found that mothers and fathers lie at the same rate, but that Chinese parents were more accepting of telling lies to their children.

“When teaching children, it is okay to use well-intentioned lies. It can promote positive development and prevent your child from going astray,” one Chinese participant said.


By Jennifer Abbey

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