Many people think Satan traps Christians mainly through sexual immorality but there is another trap which is on Satan's top 10 traps to bring Christians down to hell.
If we are to escape from being victims of this trap,we must be equipped with knowledge about what this is.
That trap is simply this, LYING.
You may have done something wrong and end up in an embarrassing situation where people's perception of you changes and in order not to want to look that bad,you resort to fabricating lies about another individual so that it looks like you are not the only one who is bad. You resort to lying thinking, I can always ask God for forgiveness and everything will be just fine.
You can also be in a situation where you are in a fix and don't know how to get out and you resort to lying thinking, I can always repent later and God will forgive me.
However, there is more to it than asking God for forgiveness.
People take it for granted that I can apologise to God for this lie but they will be in for a great shock when He tells them they also have to apologise to the person they wronged by fabricating lies about them or to reverse the lie they said by telling the people they lied to that what they said is a lie.
The bible clearly tells us in James 5:16 to confess our trespasses to one another.
The reason God does this is not because he wants to embarrass you. He does this so that you should learn not to play around with sin.
If He just tells you, "I forgive you and that's it," you'll start playing around with sin and lie anytime about anything,everything and everyone thinking, I'll ask God for forgiveness and He'll forgive me.
However if you know that if I say this lie about someone or about a situation then I'll have to apologise to the person I have fabricated lies about or tell the person I lied to about something just in order to get out of a fix that what I said was a lie, you'll be terrified of lying.
You'll start thinking twice before doing it. The whole aim is that God wants our souls saved. He doesn't want us to think of sin as a trivial thing which can be done casually. He wants us to live Holy lives and to stop playing with sin so that we can always be ready for death or the rapture.
However, Satan knows that Christians will find it EXTREMELY hard to tell someone that, "Im sorry that I said this and this about you which was not true" or "I lied about this and that just in order to get out of that fix " because he knows that Christians like to uphold a good image before people and so he'll trap them in lies especially in desperate times. In desperate times,many people resort to lying as the easiest way out.
Satan knows that due to their desire to uphold a 'holy' image,they may actually NEVER apologise due to embarrassment and he would have trapped them to hell.
However, no amount of pride is worth going to hell for. Hell is the most horrible and unimaginable place in all existence. Friends, know today that even if we have said such a lie that it requires you to apologise even on Television,doing so is the wisest thing. People will just remember your apology for a while and then even forget all about it. However, failing to undo what you have done has consequences of eternal damnation in the fires of hell.
God will still use you and you can lead many people to Christ and but then get condemned yourself in the end.
The bible tells us that, "Be sure that your sins will find you out," Numbers 32:23. You will find it on that day when you leave this world behind and step into the realm of eternity.
This message shows the love of God who has granted us grace to know such things while we are still alive that we may correct our wrongs and avoid doing the same in the future.
"For whom the Lord loves, He chastens," Hebrews 12:6.