(I love this image)
No one ever talks about it anymore...but folks are still doing it...LYING!
In our culture it's perfectly acceptable to lie.
Right now...on my driving license...my weight...well it's not the truth and when they sent in the renew papers...I just signed it...well that's a lie.
Telling your husband that you didn't overspent when you know you did (it just won't show up until next month...that's a lie.)
Telling a friend a work that you don't mind them overstepping their boundaries into your cubicle when it drives you crazy...that's a lie folks.
When a ministry has 65 at an event but we say..."Praise the Lord...we had a hundred..." There we go...lying again...(there's even a name for that one...it's called "ministerially speaking") Well that's still a lie.
You really want to stay at home...but you don't feel sick....."I'm not coming in today...I guess I'll call in for a sick day." You didn't TELL the truth...the opposite of the truth...yeah...that's a lie.
And if you have a friend that's a gossip...and she says something slanderous about someone who's not there...you don't gossip...but you don't say anything either...you just let the comment hang in the air...folks if you don't say anything to correct the lie...that's a lie too!
My kids want to know why they can't watch George Lopez on Nick at Night on Fridays...Not only do they use profanity on the show...the daughter is engaged in premarital sex...the grandmother is laughed at for drinking and smoking...but the biggest reason is (like the other stuff isn't enough)...George is known for lying and it's dismissed as being CUTE and funny.
Folks we have to wrangle in our tongues. Don't let our tongues be like the tongues of the unsaved. We've been set apart to do God's will and that involves our whole body...including that part that can set things on fire...the tongue. It's not enough to just say encouraging words...be careful that the things you say don't end up as lies.
How can we do this...
Proverbs 10:19 says it all...
In the multitude of words there wants not sin; but he that refrains his lips is wise.
1. All we have to do is control what we speak and be careful the amount of the words we speak.
BOY...that's hard. I LOVE talking and for me to have to control what I speak is a hard thing to do. (If truth be known...I really have the opposite of this problem...I'm not known for lying...I'm known for talking TOO MUCH. - but I don't feel led to talk about that...that would really step on my own toes.) O.k. back to the point...If we control what we say, when we say it and how we say it...we won't have to worry about lying because it won't be a hallmark of our speech. Lying won't become a hallmark of our character.
It might be acceptable to lie in our culture...but it's not acceptable to GOD!
Proverbs 6: 16-19:
These six things does the Lord hate, yea, seven are an abomination to him; A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running mischief, a false witness that speak lies, and he that sows discord among the brethren."