Week 16, Day 3: Upset About What Upsets God – A Lying Tougue

A Lying Tongue

Most parents I know are adamant with their children about being lied to. Although we’ll be highly disappointed, we’d rather have our kids tell us the truth and then deal with the consequences and fallout, then have to find out that they lied and have everyone involved look foolish. Fathers and mothers are known to say, “You’ll probably still be in trouble, but you’ll be in a lot more trouble if we find out you are lying. I can’t help you if you’re a liar.”

The second item in the list of things God hates is “a lying tongue” (Proverbs 6:17). Matthew Henry’s Commentary says of this item, “[A lying tongue] speaks of falsehood, and fraud, and dissimulation. Next to a proud look nothing is more an abomination to God than a lying tongue; nothing more sacred than truth, nor more necessary to conversation than speaking truth. God and all good men hate and abhor lying.”

God stakes His reputation on the veracity of His Word so much so that He identifies Himself in the flesh as “the Word.” John 1:1 and 14 state, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (NKJ). Couple these verses with John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word [Jesus says], you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJ). Again, here’s God’s word being juxtaposed with the truth. Jesus is God’s word lived out in the flesh, and God’s word equals the truth, so all truth can be found in Jesus. Freedom comes through the truth; therefore, freedom comes through Jesus. Anything opposite from the truth, then, is a lie. That means all that is opposite of or that is opposing Jesus is a lie.

No wonder God hates the lying tongue. All truth is of God; all lies are the diametrical opposite of God, i.e. all lies are of the devil. Jesus had to explain this to the scribes and Pharisees who challenged His authenticity. “Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here… you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies’” (NKJ).

Be especially watchful of yourself regarding lying. When you decide to lie, you are casting your lot with Satan from whose character all lies come. Again, no wonder God hates a lying tongue.

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Thank You for letting me know the character of lying and for providing Your truth that I can live in and speak instead of spouting out falsehoods.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 16, 2012.

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