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Day 4- Speak Different: What does the Bible say about lying?

Read it: Proverbs 12:22 & Proverbs 15:4 & Colossians 3:9-10 & Exodus 20:16

Live it:  

How do you feel when you have been lied to?  How do you feel when you discover that someone has placed a “spin” on the truth, and it resulted in you being misled?  Truth has great value. The brief scripture passages in today’s assigned readings are a sampling of what the Bible says about lying. It is impossible in this brief devotional to be exhaustive on the subject of what the Bible says about lying, but I believe it is fair to say that God takes a very dim view of lying.  

In Pastor Jenni’s devotional for Day 7 on the subject of emotions, she states that we always have a choice. That is true of our communications as well. We always have a choice to refrain from lying and to choose to always tell the truth.

You may ask, “What if the truth is hurtful?” The fact is the truth can hurt, but the Apostle Paul gives us instruction about that in Ephesians 4:15. He said, “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church” (NLT).

Just to be clear about the importance of choosing to not lie, let’s read Revelation 21:8, “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars – their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (NLT). It is clear that God hates lying.

My encouragement to you is to always opt out of telling a lie and choose rather to speak the truth.

Ps. Rod