No matter the context nor the size or severity of a lie; A lie is a lie! There is no justification or excuse for your lacking ability to be upfront, forthright, and honest. If you intend to have healthy, stable, lasting, and true friendships or relationships, then they MUST be built on a foundation of honesty and telling the truth. Yes, at times, it can be hard. Especially when you feel as though it's your duty to protect somebody. But to protect them, means to be honest at all times!