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AN AMAZING FACT: Victor Lustig was one of the most talented tricksters who ever lived. His master con was pretending to be a government official and sending six scrap metal dealers invitations to discuss the sale of the Eiffel Tower. He told them the upkeep on the tower was too costly and the city wanted to sell it for scrap. He actually sold it to one of the dealers and took a train to Vienna with a suitcase full of cash! A year later, his luck ran out—he was arrested for counterfeiting and eventually died in prison in 1947.
One day a mother-in-law was playing with her granddaughter, who evidently had tried to win a game with a deceptive move. The woman gave a careful admonition to the little girl not to ever, in any way, do or say anything that even hinted at being untrue or deceitful.
What a wonderful piece of advice.
It’s pretty clear when God says, “You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:15, 16). We also might hear the oft-used quote, “Honesty is the best policy.” Here’s another one: “Love truthfulness and honesty. These are sacred treasures.” A character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet says, “To thine own self be true ... thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Can you be trusted? Let’s be of more character than Victor Lustig. Let’s strive to be like Paul, worthy of imitation: “Therefore I urge you to imitate me. I am sending to you Timothy. … He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:16, 17 NIV).
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Proverbs 12:19Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
Proverbs 12:22A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.