"A Lying Tongue"
Scripture says a liar hates the one he lies to, and his flattering mouth works ruin. (Prov. 26:28) Did you hear that? Liars hate the very ones crushed by their lies.
I asked the Lord what He meant by that proverbial truth, and He told me that lies are literal acts of hatred.
Who was the first of humankind deliberately deceived by satan's lying tongue? Eve. The serpent beguiled her with lies, and she ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; a sinful act for which all of creation is still paying a pitiful price. No wonder the Eternal God hates a lying tongue.
Let's face it - lying is dangerous territory, because all who practice lying are in league with the enemy. That wretched creature, Christ says, is the father of lies, adding that when he lies he speaks his native tongue. How awful!
Lies are the antithesis of Christ, aren't they? They are His exact opposite, because He literally IS TRUTH. Christ Jesus is light; lies are darkness. Jesus is Good; lies are evil. Drinking regularly the toxic elixir of lies warps, deforms, and twists all Godly perceptions into dimmed, demented folly. Like a dog chasing its tail, liars go round and round in a constant biting, scraping confusion - never getting a true view of their past or their future, and smelling only the stench of their lies.
As a child, I greatly struggled with lying until my mother took me aside one day and said very firmly, "if you are going to keep telling lies, then we can't be friends." It was the first honest-to-goodness 'wake-up call' of my young life. I was shocked into repentance by her words, for she was my very best friend, and I knew it. So, as a "practice", lying and I parted company. Did I ever tell another lie? Sadly, yes; but I no longer practiced lying, you know what I mean? I stepped aside from using it as a default. I denied it the embrace of my bosom because I valued my mother's embrace more... and God knew it. He knew exactly what to have her say to me, God bless her obedient heart!
God's wisdom in my mom also applies to His relationship with us. For if we embrace lying and its hatred, we can no longer be friends with Christ. Light has no part with darkness; therefore, our tongues must be cleansed by "Truth" (a.k.a., Jesus) and His forgiveness. They must be transformed by His unconditional love, which is ours through sincere repentance.
If you've struggled with lying - as I once did - please join me in this prayer of repentance:
Father, in Jesus' Name I repent of the sin of lying and ask that You cleanse my tongue of its caustic effects. Please wash me in the purifying Blood of Jesus, and grant healing to those I've lied to; heal me also, Lord, of the fear attached to lies. I cast all fear to Hell's abyss in Christ's Name, and I fill the void with Your perfect love and faith, as counters to fear. Shower me, head to toe, with Your Spirit of TRUTH from this day forward, Father, and grant me Your integrity and upright Spirit. In Jesus' Name I pray and thank You. Amen.
Abba's blessings to all.
Lord willing, next: "Hands That Shed Innocent Blood"