READING: Proverbs 10-12
Most of us speak a lot of words each day. We speak to those we love when we first see them each day. We talk with our co-workers or fellow students. Most of us talk to somebody on the phone every day — often to many different people throughout the day. With each conversation, though, we must face and answer these questions even if we do so subconsciously: “Will I speak truth when I speak?” and “Did I speak truth throughout that entire conversation?” At times, the questions may be difficult, and speaking the truth can be risky and painful; nevertheless, speaking the truth is our only real option as Christians.
The writer of Proverbs addressed this issue in multiple places in today’s reading:
“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool” (Prov 10:18)
“An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies” (Prov 12:17)
“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment” (Prov 12:19)
“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” (Prov 12:22)
God is a God of truth who expects us to speak truth. In fact, He hates lying lips. Once we start lying, we have to just keep on lying to cover up the first lie. It takes a lot of work to keep the stories consistent over time, and the energy we expend in that task is ultimately wasted energy. Eventually, our lies will be discovered.
Speak truthfully today, and you won’t have to worry about formulating excuses and cover-ups. It’s also quite likely you’ll sleep better if you’re a Christian.
- Speak truth all day, but do it lovingly.
- If you’ve been living a lie, talk to a Christian leader today who might help you get back on the right track.
PRAYER: “God, keep me honest and humble today.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Proverbs 13-15