Found in Proverbs: Truth & Lies
‘Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.’ (Proverbs 12:19)
‘The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.’ (Proverbs 12:22)
Everybody lies, whether to others or to ourselves. Sometimes we haven’t even thought through what we’re about to say before a lie slips out of our mouth. It is easy to pretend that it doesn’t matter; it’s only a little lie.
Lies have a habit of spiralling, when we tell one we often find ourselves having to tell another. Whilst this might work momentarily, Proverbs 12:19 assures us it will not last in the long run. Even if we were never to be found out on earth, we cannot lie to God.
The Bible reminds us that lies are serious.
God detests lies. If we know that to be the case why would we ever want to do it? I find I lie most when trying to influence someone else’s opinion of me for the better. In these situations, I notice that I have begun to value what others think of me over what God thinks of me.
Jesus is the ultimate example of what an honest life looks like.
His honesty gives me something to aim for. When I inevitably fall short, His death on the cross means that I am still forgiven by God, free of sin and free to try and live the right way again.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:21-24).
Katrina is a first year Sports student at studying at Durham University. Although often missing her wonderful Cambridge home, Katrina has found Durham to be a hard place not to fall in love with. She is settling into university life by attempting to try all the coffee shops (despite not drinking coffee)! Katrina is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance and knowledge that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.