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Lies Versus Truth

Micah 6:9-16 (NIV)
Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
    and to fear your name is wisdom—
    “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.
10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
    and the short ephah, which is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,
    with a bag of false weights?
12 Your rich people are violent;
    your inhabitants are liars
    and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,
    to ruin you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied;
    your stomach will still be empty.
You will store up but save nothing,
    because what you save I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest;
    you will press olives but not use the oil,
    you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16 You have observed the statutes of Omri
    and all the practices of Ahab’s house;
    you have followed their traditions.
Therefore I will give you over to ruin
    and your people to derision;
    you will bear the scorn of the nations.”
 
I’m convinced that God hates lying and cheating.  Take Micah 6 for example.  Micah 6:11-12 describes various ways of cheating people out of their hard-earned wages and crops.  God says in verse 12, “your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully” (Micah 6:12, NIV).  This is one of the charges God brings against His people and for which He was going to punish them.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says that God hates a lying tongue and the lies of a false witness.  God cannot stand dishonesty.  One of the 10 Commandments for His people is “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:7, NIV).  God hates lying.
I think that the reason God hates lies is because God is Truth.  Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the Truth.  Later in John’s Gospel (John 18:38, NIV), Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”  The Truth was standing right in front of him!  People want to know the truth, whether they can handle it or not.  God’s Word is Truth.  Jesus called God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
God’s people need to be people of the Truth.  We need to put away lies, dishonesty and falsehood.  We must speak truthfully to one another with love and grace (Ephesians 4:25).  We need to testify to the Truth of Jesus Christ and His amazing grace.  The world is seeking Truth and we know the Truth.  His name is Jesus!  Let’s tell the truth about the Truth in word and deed.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I know that You are the Way, the Truth and the Life.  May my life be lived in such a way that reflects Your Truth revealed by Your Word.  Fill me with the Spirit of Truth today that I may speak truthfully about You.  In Your name I ask these things, amen.

 

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