One writer says this about lying: “Lying comes in many forms. Some people exaggerate or stretch the truth to make something look more attractive. Others “spin” the truth by presenting selected facts that support their position. He says ‘withholding key facts may mean you are trying to deceive. When a person lies, everything they say in the future may be suspect. It weakens one’s credibility for the future.” Thankfully, God is not like us, as the Apostle Paul explains in Galatians CH 3: In explaining that our salvation is not based upon our ability to keep the law given by Moses, but on God’s promise to save us based upon faith in His Son, Paul says, “The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise. For if the inheritance could be received by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham as a promise.” We can learn from this that not only did God keep His promise to save humanity on the basis of faith, God is also our model. Just as God keeps His promises, we should aim to keep the promises we make.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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