READING: Proverbs 19-21
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: One of the central teachings of the book of Proverbs is the necessity of being truthful, particularly with words. As a minister of the gospel whose ministry is based on words, I’m struck by this recurrent theme in today’s readings.
Prov. 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape.
Prov. 19:22 What is desirable in a man is his fidelity; better to be a poor man than a liar.
Prov. 20:7 The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.
Prov. 21:6 Making a fortune through a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a pursuit of death.
Prov. 21:28 A lying witness will perish, but the one who listens will speak successfully.
The difficulty with lying is at least three-fold. First, it’s easy to do. Second, we must keep lying to cover up the first lie. The process doesn’t end until confession and repentance occur. Third, the cost is great. Even the smallest lie requires effort to regain trust, even from those who love us. The assumed “benefits” of lying are never worth the cost. Living with integrity, on the other hand, brings joy.
PRAYER: Please pray that I will speak and live with integrity in all matters. Pray the same for yourself and your church leaders.
TOMORROW’S READING: Proverbs 22-24