Writing Prompts: Lies and Truth

Week 1: “I Don’t Lie!” and Other Untruths

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According to a University of Massachusetts study, 60% of adults can’t have a ten minute conversation without lying at least once.  Most of us would like to believe we don’t lie often. Yet it’s a common personal challenge – and not just in this generation.

In Acts 5:3, Peter confronts Ananias and Sapphira about lying: “How is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?”

Writing Prompt

Examine your conversations with others this week. Record in your journal how often you find yourself telling an untruth.


Week 2:  The Truth About Who You Are … According to God

A Scientific American study reports that 90% of online dating profiles contain lies. How sad that people feel they have to lie about who they are in order to find love and acceptance!

The good news is that God created us in His image. We can be ourselves and rejoice in our magnificence. For instance, Philippians 2:15 says, “You shine among them like stars in the sky.” God sees you as a light in the sky and to the world.

Writing Prompt

Scour your Bible this week and find the many ways in which God describes how He sees you. Write them in your journal. Compare God’s descriptions to how you see yourself.


Week 3: How to Speak the Truth … and Grow

It can be tempting to avoid telling the truth to prevent repercussions or hurt feelings. But those words of omission, white lies, or even creative whoppers may actually end up breeding hurt.

Honest words, spoken in love, can often bring change and healing. Paul tells us that by, “Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

Writing Prompt

In what ways do you avoid speaking the truth in love – and why?  How would you grow if you spoke the truth?


 Week 4: Great Reasons to Lie

No one tells the truth 100% of the time. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit these great reasons you give for telling an untruth:

  • to impress
  • to manipulate
  • to hide
  • to make yourself feel better
  • to assuage your shame and guilt

Yet the more you lie the more insecure you become. The best reason for telling the truth, ironically, is the security of freedom. Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Writing Prompt

What are your reasons for lying? What needs to change for you to experience the freedom of truth?


 

Week 5: The Best Reason to Be a People-Pleaser

The hunger to please others is one key reason humans tell untruths. However, lies wound the human soul and separate you from God.
God “delights in those who tell the truth” (Proverbs 12:22, NLT). What would happen if you sought to please just One Person with your words … by telling the truth?

Writing Prompt

Journal about circumstances in which you tell untruths in order to please others. How can you seek to please God with your words of truth instead?