Everyone knows that the Bible tells us not to lie; after all, it is one of the 10 Commandments. Also, in the New Testament Paul says, “…each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body….”(Ephesians 4:25)
In addition to the Biblical support for honesty, another good reason to tell the truth is that evidence shows it improves your health and your relationships. A recent study from the “University of Notre Dame” found that when people stopped lying, their health improved, their relationships were better, and they generally enjoyed life more.
The study titled the “Science of Honesty” found that the average American lies about 11 times a week…most of these being “white-lies.” The point of the study was to find out if living more honestly can actually cause better health, and according to the research it did. Those who told fewer lies were healthier and their relationships were better. Those who told more lies were less healthy and their relationships were less fulfilling.
So tell the truth today; it is both biblical and healthy.
Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D