Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Card players keep an eye out for the unconscious actions of other players. Some might touch their glasses or shift in their seats if they have a really good hand. Everyone has a tell. 

Liars overemphasize their truthfulness by adding words or phrases to a statement that are meant to make them sound more convincing.

Here are a few tells that liars unconsciously use. They use words like “To be honest”, “To tell you the truth”, “Believe me”, “Let me be clear” Their shoulder drops or they take a step back. 

I first discovered these truths on Lie to Me, a TV show based on the work of Paul Ekman, a pioneer in such studies. Since then, I’ve checked out many of his books.

Now, I find myself watching for tells on talk and interview shows. One guy dropped his shoulder and stepped back so often it’s a wonder he didn’t rotate 360 degrees a minute.

God has a rather low opinion of liars.

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22, NIV)

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44, NIV)

Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:2, NIV)

I pray that ‘your tell’ is telling everyone you meet about the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Prayer- Lord Jesus, we are your servants; give us discernment that we may understand your statutes and obey them. Amen (From Psalm 119:125, NIV)

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