Putting Away Lying...
Is synonymous with putting off the "old self (Ephesians 4:22). This is so essential because the old self is corrupted by deceitful lusts. Lying does damage to the conscience and the soul. It is interesting to note that this spoiling or ruining of one's spiritual self is, at least some times, driven by lusts and ungodly desires. Is this suggesting that one lies to cover up other acts of iniquity? That is a behavior characteristic of a godless person. The only way to put away the practice of lying is to break free from the service of sin (cf. Romans 6:17-18).
Is the precursor to speaking truth (Ephesians 4:25). Until a lie is no longer a verbal option in our dealings with our "neighbor," we will be stuck in that old way which ultimately leads to corruption.' By eliminating this sin of the tongue (and heart), we allow ourselves to engage in completely honest discourse about whatever discussion is under consideration. This has a powerfully positive impact on every relationship a Christian bears, in the home, the church, the workplace, and the community. Honesty is great for the reputation of a Christian, and it makes one the most effective servant of Christ.
Is motivated by an appreciation of unity (Ephesians 4:25). Why put away lying? "We are members one of another." Our actions affect others. Our lies betray, anger, hurt, and alienate their victims. In whatever context the lie occurs, it is a wholly selfish and self-serving act. Such egocentricity tears at and destroys unity, making such difficult. Lying is a stone wall separating hearts and lives. Sobering indeed is the charge of Jesus against liars, that any such "are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44). Liars are allied with Satan!
Are you being honest with your spouse? Your family? Your government? Your friends? Your brethren? Your God? The hopeful message of Ephesians four is that the old self can be put away and the new self can be put on. In view of eternity, put away lying!
1. A study of the word translated "corruption" (phthora) leaves one with the undeniable impression that Bible writers are speaking in terms of one being eternally lost. It means to be ruined, to perish, and decay.