‘There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues. “
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy. “
“The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,
but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.”
“Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.”
There are certain things that we as Christ Followers forget that are considered a sin in the eyes of God. We are quick to point out the sins of others but neglect our own. Why is that? Maybe because we are sinful? Prideful? We are all sinners. We all are found guilty.
God has pressed upon me many times over the past year, the sin of lying. It is rampant within our churches and social circles. It destroys relationships and families. I was having my quiet time this morning and this was one of my devotions that I read. I am always overwhelmed by the amount of scripture that addresses the sin of lying. The consequences of those who not only lie but use their lies to harm another person are not very promising at all. I think we could all use a reminder on what God’s word says about dishonesty.
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But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. John 16:13
It seems like lying has become a national pastime. We lie about everything from our age to our résumé to our mother-in-law’s cooking. But God flat-out hates lying. He hates it because he is a truthful God, a transparent God. He is truth. And when we lie to each other, we are acting contrary to his character. In fact, when we lie, we are reflecting the personality of the evil one.
God will never prompt you to lie. The Holy Spirit will always lead you to the truth, but you have to be willing to follow. The choice is yours to make.
I challenge you in the coming days, when you are about to exaggerate or “stretch the truth” in a conversation, throttle back and take your cue from the Holy Spirit. Listen to what God is telling you and walk the path that glorifies him. Choose the truth, because life is too short to lie.