The Tongue Is Also A Fire

Lying is bad.  This fundamental lesson is taught to us from adolescence.  We can deceive ourselves into thinking that we are merely telling “little white lies” for the other person’s good or that a lie is “no big deal.”  Yet God sees our heart and he knows.

The Lord always knows the truth. So when you lie, you not only sin against your neighbor, but you expose more of your sin before God.

Consider Proverbs 12:17 through 23

17 He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit. 18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21 No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Lying may avoid discomfort or embarrassment for “a moment” but they fill the sinner with trouble that far outweighs the gain achieved.  More importantly, God hates lying lips.  They are an “abomination” to him.

On the flipside, we are given tongues to praise God and to lift up each other with healing words of comfort.  Better to focus our energy on fruitful things than on the downward spiral of lying and covering up the lies with more lies.

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