"Did he not himself say to me, 'She is my sister '? And she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this."
This is the first diamond I found in the Old Testament, hard to believe it took 20 chapters for me to find one.
This verse refers to Abraham telling Abimelech that Sarah was his sister instead of his wife. He did this because he feared that if they knew Sarah was his wife, they may kill him. Sarah was a beautiful woman and he feared that the king would kill him and take her as his wife. When the king heard she was his sister, he did just that. Abimelech was warned in a dream that Sarah was already married and this verse was his response to what he had just heard.
As Christians we do have a tendency to take people at their word and believe that what they say is true. The sad reality is that even Christians will lie to us to "protect" themselves. We must remember how Abimelech reacted to what he heard and how he responded. After repentance of being done wrong, we are to restore the fellowship. Sometimes it may not be easy to do, but it must be done. We have so many examples in the Bible for us to follow. We just may have to lay down our pride and do exactly what should be done - right in God's eyes!