THE LORD HATES A LYING TONGUE
Scripture Text Proverbs 12:22 “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy”.
Just as we dislike when someone lies to us so does the Lord. In fact, He is incapable of lying “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).
Jesus tells in John 8:44, Satan is a liar, and the father of lies. So, when we lie, we’re in the devil’s camp.
A lie is a lie. No matter how white or little it is.
In Romans 3:13,14 the apostle Paul describes “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness”.
Lies, false accusations, and gossip have not only caused much pain and suffering, but also brought lives to ruin, and destroyed homes, fellowships, churches and kingdoms as well.
God’s hatred of lying was powerfully proved in the first century church. In those early days following the mighty events of Pentecost, members of the church in Jerusalem showed deep concern for one another. Many of them, to ensure that none of their brothers and sisters in Christ would be in want, sold their houses and lands and brought the money to be distributed by the apostles as needed.
Look at Acts 5:1-5: Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge, he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened
Ananias’ wife wasn’t in the room when that happened, but later came in and told the same lie her husband had told--and she, too, was struck dead. In verses 10-11 we read: At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
We can see that God hates lying. Today If God deals with the sin of lying in this drastic way there would be a lot of sudden deaths in the average church--because people lie about many things.
Did you know that the Bible devotes more scriptures to the use of the tongue than it does to the use of alcohol?
We can lie by making promises and commitments that we don’t keep. We can live a lie, by professing to be one thing and in private being something else. When we lie, we can count on payback coming in one way or another.
The tongue was created so that we could use it to give glory to God. When we use it in an improper manner, we steal glory from Him! God hates the abuse of the tongue and He will judge it. He wants to find truth in His people.
Jesus tells in Luke 6:45 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”.
Revelation 21:8 says “…… all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
The Bible clearly tells us all liars will not enter heaven. Ask for forgiveness and repent of telling lies. Sin hurts us and separates us from God. When we sin, we die a slow death physically and spiritually. You may be suffering from this disease of telling lies and being dishonest. Turn away from lying and deception and God will write your name in the book of life.
Dear God, teach me to speak the truth always. Help me to be honest at all times. Psalm 34 :12,13 Keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking lies that I may see many good days.