Avoid lying

inbox_opening_195Proverbs 4:24: Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech from you.

Why is it so hard for some to tell the truth? For them, it seems to be a given that lying is the way to go in all manner of human dealings.

The devil is called the father of lies (John 8:44); he is the origin of it.  And while Samuel was rebuking Saul and affirming the judgement of God on him for an act of disobedience, he added that the strength of Israel- God, does not lie (1Samuel 15:29).

God is firmly identified by truth; he is the standard of it. The bible says that let God be true even if everyone else is a liar (Romans 3:4). And can you walk with God except you are in agreement with him and his truth (Amos 3:3)? If he stands for truth you cannot stand for anything else or less.

Paul tells his audience that they should not lie to one another as members of the body of Christ and of each other (Ephesians 4:25, Colossians 3:9). That is definitely against the nature of Christ. Jesus, praying for the disciples asked God to sanctify them by the truth which is the word of God (John 17:17). I strongly believe that until you commit yourself to truth in your own life, by the word you speak, God may not be able to commit his truth to you.

David after the saga of adultery and murder involving Bathsheba and Uriah wrote in Psalm 51 (verse 6, 2Samuel 11:1-27) that God desires him to be truthful in the inwards parts; a total openness and truthfulness between him and God and in his dealings. In that saga, there were layers of subterfuge, lies and deception that are stacked on each other. He must have lied to himself that whatever he did was the right thing to do because of whatever reason.

The truth of God is light and being committed to it means we would not fall into the pit, but lies means you are walking in darkness and falling into the pit is assured. There is no cover up about God but lying is about cover up, lying is a representation of darkness, representative of the devil who is the father of lies.

Forget the dichotomy between white and black lies; stop trying to justify your wrong doing under any guise. Come to the light and allow that recurrent sin of lying be dealt with by the blood of Jesus (1John 1:5-2:6). A lifestyle of lying erodes credibility; and losing credibility is obviously bad for business, especially the “business” of your relationship with God. Another form of lying in business is overstating the facts; painting yourself and business brighter than it is or writing down experiences you never had to boost your resume.

It is very important to not have friends who lie. Lying should be that obnoxious to you. You should not tolerate it in yourself neither should you hang around those who play with lying. I am not saying you should carry the “no lying” placard all over the place, making yourself obnoxious in a self-righteous kind of way, hitting people on the head with your standards. However you should commit yourself to truthfulness and that commitment will radiate around you and people will take their cue from that. They will take what you say on face value.

Describing the person who can draw near to God, David wrote in one of his psalms that it is the person who speaks the truth in his heart (Psalm 15:1-2).

If you think you have been too lax when it comes to being truthful, remember that we have an advocate with Jesus Christ the righteous and his blood can clean you from that unrighteousness. But you need to confess to God first and not gloss over it.

Get ready to turn a new leaf; you don’t want any issue blocking your relationship with God. As God said through Isaiah that it is not that God does not want to have a relationship with you but sin blocks the connection (Isaiah 59:1-4). God’s nature is truth, and there is nothing less that he expects from those who are with him. Paul wrote to Titus that the Lord knows those who are his and let those who name the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:16-22); depart from anything that does not line up with the nature of God.

As stated earlier, Paul wrote that Christians should put away lying to themselves as members of the same body, it is against the idea of oneness in Christ Jesus. The husband should not lie to the wife and ditto the wife to her husband. It is against the principles of marriage. As laid out by God, it is the principle of one flesh (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:21, Matthew 19:3-6), where both are naked and not ashamed; fully opened to each other without feeling threatened or at risk, and so have no the “need” for a cover up.

Jesus affirms that we should let our yes be yes and no, no (Matthew 5:37), and that any other shade of truth comes from the evil one, he added that the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44). He had mastered the art of deception. You cannot beat the devil in that arena, no matter who you are.

He came to Eve, twisting the word of God to her and thereby twisting her mind, away from the truth of God to embrace a lie (Genesis 3:1-8); he lied barefacedly to her. The constant tool of the devil has always been deception. After the 1000 years millennium reign of Christ when the devil was bound, it is written that the devil is released again to deceive the nations of the earth (Revelation 20:1-8). That is the devil for you. That is how he does his things. And you are not supposed to be like him.

A number of times, we lie to “save” ourselves, to save face, but we read from Jesus that he who wants to save his life would lose it and the person who loses it for His sake (because of commitment to Christ) will gain it (Matthew 16:24-26).

Do not allow your passion for speaking the truth wane because of the people around (some of whom you respect) you or the difficulty that you are going through. It is written that in the last days the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24:12) and that is because man would be lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God (2Timothy 3:1-4). To love God is to commit yourself to his truth, committed to pleasing him in all things even in the words that we speak, we should be ready to live for him starting with our mouth, by avoiding lying.

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