Blog: Lie versus truth (01/20/22)

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By Minister Melanie Dees

Ark Ministries Hope of the World

The sin of lying seems prevalent in today’s world from politicians, entertainment personalities, the media, and even the pulpits. We should not lie, no one is safe from temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), but no one should succumb or fear temptation. Being truthful and truthful with ourselves is not accepting self-justification for lying or a bad thought. In dealing with others, we are to be examples of our faithfulness to our Lord. Biblical guidelines teach us to be honest in all things (Ephesians 4:25). The value of truth and living honestly toward others delights the Lord (Proverbs 12:22) because the Lord considers “lying lips” an abomination. A ‘lying tongue’ and being a false witness who speaks lies’ are among the six things the Lord hates (Proverbs: 16-19). Read 1 Timothy 1:10, “for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is anything else that is contrary to sound doctrine.” Lying shows hatred towards others by disobeying the second commandment taught by the Messiah. Can you love your neighbor as yourself and lie to him or lie to him? The truth shows love to our neighbors. (Ephesians 4:25) “Having therefore cast off falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” Our Savior, Yahshua/Jesus, taught us that lying is the work of the devil, “You are your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the start and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Lying can bring quick judgment from God. Acts 5:3 records that Peter questions two believers (separately) who lied about an offering: “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep part of the product of the earth? Ananias and his wife died that day because of their lie. Paul tells the Judeo-Christians not to lie: “Do not lie to one another, for you have got rid of the old self with its practices” (Colossians 3:9). The explanation is found in 1 John 2:21, “I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is truth.” This applies to denying Yahshua/Jesus as the Messiah/Christ. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” said Yahshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah (John 14:6). Lying is the opposite of God’s truth: big or small, lying is a sin before God. Look to him for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and walk in his truth. Unbelievers are witnesses of our actions, and our light is seen before men and will bring glory to our Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16). Blessings and Shalom

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