Thursday, November 18, 2004

Can you handle the truth?

"Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously."
Psalm 119:29

High on the list of God's tough commands for us is telling the truth.
Truth, honesty, and trust are the basis of every good relationship. But
being trusted by others is just one reason God's command "Therefore,
putting away lying, 'Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor'"
is so important (Ephesians 4:25). Another good reason is that the Lord
hates lying. Proverbs 6:19 lists it as one of the seven things God

"A false witness who speaks lies." And John 8:44 tells us that Satan
is a liar and the father of lies.

Lying can be so easy. It often seems like the best way to avoid a
sticky problem or to protect ourselves from the results of other bad
choices. But it always backfires. That's why when Joseph's brothers
lied about selling him into slavery they spent the rest of their lives
worrying about the consequences (Genesis 37:31-33; 50:15).
Don't lie. It's one tough command from the Lord, but it is the best
to please Him and win the respect of other people.

"A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to
shame." Proverbs 13:5


Post a Comment

<< Home