5 A righteous man hates lying,
But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
But wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Do you find it interesting that the word “hate” is used as an attitude toward lying? There are not many things that I hate. I don’t like the flavor of coffee and I really don’t like mushrooms, but when necessary, I have drunk coffee and I have eaten mushrooms. I cannot say that I “hate” these things. We could all say that we hate the sin of “sex trafficking,” the multimillion-dollar business that profits from the sale of unwilling people. We can say that we hate pedophilia and all that goes along with it. But do we “hate” lying?
When I truly hate something, it is on my list of really bad things that I am going to avoid at all costs. Not only am I going to avoid it I am also going to speak against it and am going to be revulsed by it and by all of the people involved in it. There is no way that I am going to participate in these vile activities that so corrupt the lives of those forced into it. Do I feel this way about lying?
This is a point worthy of our meditation. God is truth; therefore, this teaching comes from the very character of God. Since God is truth, we should love truth and hate lying. We should avoid lying at all costs and be revulsed by those who profit from lies. As those clothed in the righteousness of Christ our way will be blameless and our righteousness living will protect us (v.6). Thus, the result of hating lying is that we will live in righteousness and be blameless with our tongues. Lying will not be a part of our speech and we will do all that we can to avoid it.
Thank you again for your prayers for Sunday. We rejoice each week when the Spirit of God and the Word of God work together among us. We, God’s church, gather together in one Spirit and God lifts our hearts together toward Him. As I keep up with my son’s ministries, they all rejoice in the same Spirit who meets with them in their churches. I am so thankful that we are not practicing a religion but when we gather we are enjoying our relationship with God together.
Each Sunday we have opened our home to those who could come and enjoy lunch with us. Yesterday we started with a family of three, and just when we were finished eating, ten others, who had eaten in a restaurant nearby, stopped in. It was a blast! We laughed, we talked we heard testimonies of coming to Christ, we ate some more, and thanked God for all that He gives us.
This Thursday and Friday I will be speaking at Word of Life day camp. Pray for the preparation for this camp and pray that God will prepare the kids hearts to hear God’s word and to respond in faith to it.
Have a great day in the Lord,