Every believer already knows that falsehoods and fabrications (lying lips) often tarnish the truth. We also know that lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, yet we cherish it.
The prevalence of lies and fabricated stories that aim to malign others has become a distressing reality in our society today, where Christians tell lies as if there’s no tomorrow. A pastor friend of mine, when I asked why some believers tell lies even immediately after church, responded that the devil needs vessels to use.
That’s a very chilling reality!
Key Takeaway to “Lying Lips”
- Being Truthful: There is dignity in always telling the truth, and upholding honesty and integrity in our words and actions.
Anchor Bible Verse of the Day
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.Proverbs 12:22 (NKJV)
In this verse, the stark contrast between falsehood and truth is shown. Lying lips are not merely frowned upon but are deemed abominable to the Lord.
On the flip side, those who choose honesty find favor in His sight. It’s a powerful reminder that our words have a profound impact not only on human relationships but also on our relationship with God.
- Abomination to the Lord: Signifies a strong detestation. God’s holiness abhors deceit of the tongue.
- Deal truthfully: To speak the truth, and not tell lies. To call a spade a spade
Reflection on Lying Lips
I have been praying to God to take away the anger that comes to me whenever I hear someone tell a lie about me or anyone. At times too we encounter others who, when narrating an incident that happened, will fabricate the story to paint the person involved in the incident bad.
Falsehoods and fabrications always tarnish the truth, and every believer must reflect on the impact of lies and deceitful narratives.
Proverbs 12:22 unequivocally states:
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but they that deal truly are His delight.
This is a touching reminder of God’s abhorrence towards dishonesty and His favor towards those who uphold truth. STOP TELLING LIES!
See, when individuals weave lies and fabricate stories to malign others, they not only deviate from the path of integrity but also incur the displeasure of the Lord.
The scars left by deceitful words and actions are akin to indelible marks that mar the fabric of trust and tarnish the essence of truth. Just as a scar remains long after a wound has healed, the repercussions of deceitful lies linger, inflicting lasting damage on relationships and reputations.
In Ephesians 4:25, the apostle Paul exhorts us:
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
This admonition stresses the importance (sanctity) of honesty and integrity in our interactions, emphasizing the interconnectedness of humanity and the inherent value of truthfulness. As believers, it is incumbent upon us to reject the allure of deceit and embrace the virtue of truth.
Our commitment to honesty not only honors God but also fosters an environment of trust and authenticity.
Today, let us strive to be faithful witnesses, speaking with integrity, and upholding the truth in all circumstances.
Remember this: The scars left by lies are a stark reminder of the enduring impact of deceit. Just as a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4), the repercussions of falsehoods inflict profound harm, underscoring the gravity of honesty and the perils of deception.
Call to Action
Prayer Points for Today
- Prayer for Truthfulness: Pray for the strength to uphold truth and resist the temptation of deceit.
- Prayer for Healing: Ask for healing in relationships marred by falsehoods, seeking restoration through honesty and reconciliation.
- Prayer for Discernment: Seek discernment to recognize and reject deceitful narratives, both in oneself and in others.
Our Father, give us the resolve to walk in truth and integrity, upholding the virtue of honesty in all our interactions. May our words and actions reflect Your delight in truthfulness.
In the precious and mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
My prayer for you today: I pray that God empowers you to embrace the liberating power of truth, stop lying and fabricating stories, and foster trust and authenticity in your relationships.