Key Passage: Psalm 45
Key Word: Proverbs 6: 17
“These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren” – Proverbs 6 : 16-19
People often claim not to understand other people. They claim they are complex and unpredictable. Honestly, no one is that complex. Just that people don’t take the time to understand what makes the other person tick. Someone asked why two people who ‘appear’ madly in love initially can suddenly find themselves in a place where they can’t even stay in the same room. The answer is simple, though not easy to discern. The knowledge of the other person’s likes and dislikes is a good starting point. Once this is known you can then easily start to do what they like and avoid what they hate and voila! You have a happy person and a happy relationship.
Loving God is not rocket science. It takes just knowing what He likes and what He hates. To know what He likes and hates, you need to look into His word. His word reveals His heart.
On the list of God’s hates is a lying tongue or a liar. Why? I think this is simple to understand. God is light and in HIM IS NO VARIABLENESS. God is absolute truth and it is impossible for Him to lie. God sees lies as something completely alien to Him. It is not in His nature. It is not what He created. It is a perversion and contradiction to His very essence.
He created humans in love and truth. We were created to live in the truth and live by the truth, but the fall brought this evil perversion into us. Satan is the father of lies and He is the one who has injected the lying ability into the human race. So God hates lies and liars.
But lying and lies has become so prevalent and so acceptable, that we have lost the sense that it is one of God’s biggest hates. Everywhere you look, you see and hear lies. The media, the government, the church, the schools, the employers and employees alike, kids lie, adults lie; in actual fact our world is filled with lies and the truth has become rare. Isaiah 57:14 says “Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter.” Everyone lies. White lies, blue lies or blatant lies, polite and courteous lies, they are all lies and God hates it. Sometimes we feel it is kinder to lie than tell the truth about a situation. God help us. We risk displeasing God so that we can have the love and favour of men. We would not tell people the truth because we could fall out of favour with them. God help us.
When we lie, we are displaying to God the nature of His archenemy. We are reflecting Satan’s qualities. So no lie is a good lie, no matter how hard it is to speak the truth. I know we all lie. I know it feels right to lie sometimes, but God hates it and we need to not lie if we want to love God. I am not saying this to condemn anyone, because God’s friend Abraham lied in Egypt concerning his wife. But this does not make it right.
Truth is I lie a lot too. I hate it when I do, but I still lie. I am desperate for God’s help to remove this from me completely. Like Paul said in the book of Romans “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do” “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord”
I know God is no longer angry with you and me as His children. I also know He does not see us as sinful but righteous. I know the blood of Jesus washed away all our sins, past present and future. So I am not feeling condemned, but I desire to love my Father in heaven.
Today, let’s reconsider our lives and the lies we so easily lie. Let us recognize that God hates it. But let me also let you know that God can and will help us to stop lying if we ask Him for the help. David said God desires truth in the inward parts. So God can help us with this problem.
Lastly there is tremendous power in the Holy Spirit, to sanctify us and keep us holy and pure. We are not helpless and hopeless. We can live a life without lies.
Let us pray: Father God, naked I come before you today. I find myself doing what you do not like. I lie. I ask for your forgiveness and for your cleansing. I also ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to be manifested in me to remove this sinfulness from me and give me your ability to speak the truth at all times in love. I believe for your grace in Jesus name. Amen.