Saying things that aren’t true in order to get what we want.
Changing the facts a little to avoid dealing with the consequences for choices we have made.
Making a situation look and sound like something it’s not in order to get our way.
Lies and trickery. This all sounds pretty bad when it’s listed out like this. None of us really do any of this – do we? Are we tempted?
I have a strategic mind which means all of the dots in my life connect. I can see how each choice and decision connect to each other and where they are going to take me. I can see how I got here and I can tell you where the dots are going. It’s almost like being able to tell the future.
I am aware that not everyone’s brain works like this and, if I wanted to, I could use this to manipulate others into doing what I want them to do. Trickery. Deception. I don’t want to be a manipulator so I’ve worked hard at not using this strength to ‘trick’ anyone.
I don’t want people around me to feel like they’ve been manipulated into doing what I want.
When I read Abraham and Sarah’s story in Genesis, I definitely don’t want to leave a legacy of deception and trickery to my family and friends like they did. Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife. Sarah manipulated Abraham into having a son with her servant and then she decided both of them needed to leave. Their children and grandchildren continued this tradition of trickery as they lied to and tricked each other over hundreds of years for personal gain.
As we read through Genesis, we’re able to see all the pain and separation and distrust and suspicion that this legacy caused …….. from generation to generation.
I don’t want that in my family and relationships. So I choose to be honest and truthful – even when it’s hard.
What about you?
Please help me avoid dishonesty and deception, Abba Father.