If you’ve ever had an immunization, been numbed prior to having dental work, or been anesthetized prior to a procedure then you know the initial needle prick is often painful. We accept, even welcome that pain though, because we know it is temporary, while the long-term benefits outweigh that temporary pain. The same applies to relationships and honesty. I have often said the ugliest truth is always more attractive than the prettiest lie. People often say they lie to protect another person from something, but I submit to you that when someone is lying they are only trying to protect themselves. Lies are always based in selfishness. The liar wants to engage in a behavior, and not be accountable for it. It is always that simple. While the truth may initially be painful, a lie is always fatal: it kills trust, hope, and fellowship.