Pants On Fire: 5 Steps to dealing with lying in your marriage!

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19

Marriage is a covenant.  A promise.

In our wedding vows, trust is both explicit or implicit. It permeates the commitment we make to our spouse so that we can start off from the foundation of trust both in Christ and in our spouse.  

Trust is one of the most essential elements to an intimate relationship. And without it, we are sentencing our marriage to a future of frustration and fracture. It doesn’t mean trust is not restorable.  A marriage can recover from broken trust AND survive for the long-haul.  But it takes patience and hard work from both spouses do see that healing take place. 

Of all of the components that can fracture trust, lying may be at the top of the list.

People lie for numbers of reasons.  Insecurity. Pride. Anger. But to boil it down, people lie to protect themselves.  Many times, it begins when someone is experiencing shame however trivial it may be. Why? It seems easier to lie than it is to face confrontation. But that’s where lying becomes like a drug.  Lying sedates the moment while making you a slave to its agenda: Total destruction.

 

Why do people lie?

1 – Because there’s something to hide. People lie to protect interests.  There seems to be little care about other people’s feelings in the matter. The actions are selfish and destructive.  Where scripture challenges us to “walk in the light.” Lying wants to remain in the shadows.

2 – Because people feel they can—it works for them. Liars are convinced they’ll get away with their lie and never get caught. So the fib continues until they discover that this is not working for them and a new lie must be spun.  You end up in a prison of falsehood with an identity you cannot live up to and bondage you cannot escape from. It’s why Proverbs 19:5 says, “ he who breathes out lies will not escape.”

3 – Because people believe they have a right to lie.  “I’m doing this for the good of my marriage!”  People will use lying as if it’s the only way to bring health. But what they’re really doing is utilizing lying to manipulate the situation bring their intended results. They’re prayer has gone from “thy will be done” to “my will be done.”

4 – Because it makes a person “look better.” It a form of pride. Lying takes control of the narrative so that it doesn’t center around what God desires but what he/she desires.  It ignores Matthew 6:33 so that I seek “me” first and add God later.

5 – Because habitual lying has developed serious character problems. Lying sears the conscience. The more you indulge in it, the more apt you are to listen to your lie than the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Lying desensitizes our spirit so that our character takes on the falsehood of our facade instead of the image of Christ.

“What do I do if I find out my spouse is lying (regardless of how big or small it is)?” 

1 – Pray and seek wisdom.  Seek the Lord’s help.  Get wisdom from a trusted counselor (not necessarily a friend/friends).  

2 – Bring what is in darkness into the light. Recognize the pain involved.  Removing a splinter doesn’t feel good. But you know, at some point, it has to come out.  And the longer you wait, the more pain and infection will be endured.  I can’t say confronting lying will “feel” good. In fact, the moments may feel like they’re worse for dealing with it instead of turning a blind eye to it. But facilitating something that is false only breads emptiness, hurt, and separation.

(Side Note: if you are trying to justify letting your spouse continue in their lie, that is a huge red flag that something has to be dealt with.)

3 – Walk in forgiveness.  Forgiveness is the response to other’s faults in proportion to how Christ responds to us.  Forgiveness is not the same as trust or restoration. Forgiveness is the road that leads to trust and restoration.

4 – Create expectations.  Draw the line on lying. I’m not talking about ultimatums.  I’m talking about developing a marriage that doesn’t tolerate lying on ANY level. Healthy expectations set the bedrock of trust that will enable to see your spouse and marriage restored.

5 – Celebrate progress. The lying has done enough breaking down of your spouse.  Build up and encourage your him/her. You can’t expect perfection but, with healthy and attainable expectations, you can celebrate steps forward through the process.  Be a coach instead of a drill sergeant.  

Our beginning scripture says it all:

Having lips that speak truth will have an enduring effect upon your marriage.

Pursue truth together. Embrace truth as one.  And, together, stand in truth and watch God do amazing things in you and through you.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

2 Minute Marriage Devo – Day 14

Welcome to our 2 Minute Devos. This month we are in our Annual Marriage Series at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God and we’re going through devotions for couples. Take the time to read through the passage of the day and listen to the 2 Minute Devo.

Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Are you looking for the key to God’s hand?

Happy Monday! We just came off an amazing weekend at KFirst!

We are in the thick of the fall season and I’m excited about what’s happening in our church community. If you were not able to join us, we had a busy day of ministry that makes it exciting be a part of an amazing church community.

I’ll kick off Monday with a simple TRUTH for ya. It comes from a friend of mine.  Brad Leach is a church planter in the Philadelphia area. He says, “The key to God’s hand is God’s heart. Do you want to experience God’s hand on your life? Love what He loves!” Coming off what we preached yesterday about loving the Lord our God, this flows perfect. Live out this week loving God…and loving what he loves.  It’s a perfect example of Mark 12. This is a great segway into recapping our Sunday and looking forward to this week.

Here are 5 things I want you to know about…

#1 – KFirst continued our series “Dust” yesterday. We focused on “The Code” to live by. The Shema (Deut. 6:4-9; 11:13-21Numbers 15:37-41) was read twice a day and lived out as their “code” for life.   We talked about when the word “hear” is used in scripture. When used, it means more than the faculty of hearing. It includes listening, taking heed, and responding with action to what one has heard. This word gives us a greater understanding of when the word “hear” is used in prayers.  I love the song we sang at the altar. 

A simple TRUTH to remember: Belief is not just something you do with your brain, it is something that captures your heart and radically alters the way you live. We want the shema to capture our heart as we love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and very (oomph). If you missed the message, download it from iTunes  later on Monday or hit the website.

#2 – Wednesday nights at KFirst are back! We had a great night last Wednesday with our Rangers and M-pact ministry going and our Adult classes in full swing.  I’m having a blast teaching John, my absolute favorite of the four Gospels.  Please join us.  We’ll have fresh coffee and great connections.

#3 – Tailgate Party is here.

September 23rd is going to be a great day as we celebrate outside at our Tailgate Party.  Park your car on the west side of the building when you come Sunday morning and stuff your cooler full of food for your family.  Most people choose to wear their favorite team’s T-shirt/sweatshirts during the tailgate.  Bring food for your family and feel free to share. It’s always a great time.

#4 – Annual Business Meeting is a week and a half away.  Our trustee nominees are presented in a handout at the information center and in the church office. I’d ask that you take some time intercede over this as we approach 3 trustee positions with prayerful hearts.  We have such an awesome list of nominees and I am excited for the future of our board.

#5 – Pastor Todd brought a need before our congregation that we challenge EVERYONE to be a part of.  A member of our congregation, David Riegel, has been actively involved in ministry to Native Americans.  Already this morning, I’ve been told we have had a great response. The need we have is for sleeping bags to be purchased for the cold winter coming.  If you want to join so many others and purchase one, or two or three…they are just $10 per sleeping bag. You can give online or contact the office.

That’s all we have today.  Love the Lord…and love what he loves.

Thanks for letting me ramble…