This is probably the biggest reason why people lie, all the other reasons or “benefits” of lying are possible because lies hide the truth, but it’s crucial to know that there are many lie purposefully to hide the truth.
In the scripture above, we have the ten son’s of Jacob whom sold their brother into slavery, and as a cover up their crime but making it look like Joseph was killed by a wild animal.
Just because they hated their brother and made some money from selling him they had to pretend like he was dead and also pretend like they were mourning, they saw their father in pain but because they wanted to keep what happened a secret, they deceived everybody.
How many people are you deceiving just because you don’t want them to find out what really happened. It doesn’t matter if it’s your fault, if they really love you the truth will make them love you more.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:32)
Hiding from a personal something that the person should know is the same as putting the person in bandage, because people can only act on what they know even if it’s a lie, that’s why Jacob didn’t want Benjamin to go with them to Egypt. But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.(Genesis 42:4).
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.(Acts 5:7-9)
The major problem that comes as a result of hinding the truth is that the day the truth comes out you will most certainly pay for hinding it. The reason why many friendships and marriages are beyond repair is because somebody hid the truth and when the truth came out it resulted in the total lost of trust between the parties.
Ladies and gentlemen it is better to be hated for speaking the truth because no matter the hatred you’ll be highly respected, even by those who hate you. Your dignity because God and men is too important for you to lose because of a single lie.
Hopefully this series is blessing us, I hope we are learning and becoming more truthful, next time we’ll look at another reason why men lie. Please like and share with your friends, thank you and God bless you.