Last week I was watching TV (shocker) and during one of the many crime shows on (this one fiction, again, shocker) they were interviewing a field agent. They talked about how they had learned a lot, especially about why people do bad things. And then they said something interesting:
"Secrets. Trying to hide the truth chips away at your spirit."
An interesting thought, but I started to mull it over. I think it's true. Many times the reasons we lie, we cheat, we steal, we hurt others, it's all in what I would call perceived self-preservation. We're trying to save that image of ourselves we have created while in the midst of that process we are losing our true self. We kill ourselves to protect a false image, a mask.
Perhaps this is why Jesus said it was the truth that would set us free (John 8:32).