God gave us a conscience to protect us from harmful actions and thoughts...
"When God made you, He gave you a built-in 'firewall' to protect you from making destructive decisions...This firewall is known as the human conscience."
According to the research of psychologist Robert Feldman, by age 3 most children "understand the short-term benefits of deception," and the average adult lies 13 times a week.
Feldman says the "most troubling finding" from his research is how easily some people lie and how quickly they forget that they lied.
Psychologist Dan Ariely agrees, explaining that what separates harmless from harmful liars is how they "rationalize their dishonesty."
Apparently, harmful liars are those who have lied so often that they begin to believe their own lies. 1 Timothy 4:2 describes them as "liars whose consciences are seared.”
Today let's think carefully and prayerfully about our record: Are we careful to tell the truth and quick to admit and repent of lies? It's the only way to maintain our God-given firewall.
Source: "Liar, Liar" by Sarah Jio, Oprah Magazine, July 2013, page 77-80.
Opening quote: HERE