Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 21, 2015
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6a; “When he lies [the devil], he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44b
Truth flows from the “Truth”—Jesus. Lies flow from the “father” of lies—the devil. So, truth tellers side with the Lord and liars side with Satan. With whom do we align? We are quick to say Jesus, but in everyday life, if not careful, we drift into representing the dark side when tempted to speak untruths out of fear, instead of truth out of trust.
Lying is so short-term focused. We are afraid we will lose something if we don’t lie. We may lose someone’s respect, but when we are found out to be a liar, it is compounded into humiliation. We may lose money, but when indiscretions are exposed over time, we lose more in compromised creditability. Better to lose a little with honesty than a lot with lies.
The devil is an expert in luring us away from the Lord’s desires by offering a short-term solution, lying, which leads to long-term destructive consequences. Liars are unable to remember their inconsistencies, so when confronted they sheepishly say, “I don’t remember or I can’t recall what I said.” Children who chronically lie seem oblivious; they continue to fib until the pain of not telling the truth causes them to change.
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth” (1 John 1:6).
In paradise the first lie was presented by the serpent as he led Eve to believe she could be like God. Some things never change. Every day we are tempted to promote ourselves as someone better than our real self. But instead, Spirit-led living looks to exalt Christ and others, not self. To be honest is to take responsibility for our actions and not to blame.
“The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12-13).
Are you honest with yourself about constant exposure to a compromising situation? Are you loose with the truth, or do you speak directly and include all the information? Take responsibility for wrong decisions and going forward, seek sound advice from friends who will tell you the truth. Be totally honest with them so they can offer the best advice. Begin by coming clean with Christ, He already knows. Then be totally open and real with others.
“Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning” (Jeremiah 9:5).
Prayer: What do I need to be honest about with God and myself? Who needs my complete honesty?
Related Readings: Proverbs 12:17, Jeremiah 9:3; Romans 1:25; 1 John 2:21
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