Take a second and make a list, physical or mental, of a few things you hate. Indifference, bigotry, hypocrisy, abuse, murder, whatever it may be. Ask yourself: have you ever done any of the things on your list? Chances are you haven’t, certainly not all of them. It’s a list of things you hate; why would you do them? Well, in the Bible we get a list of some things God hates.
“There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
We find on the list of the seven things God hates that the act of lying appears twice. That’s pretty significant. It’s right there with murdering the innocent and making evil plans. Here are some more verses on how God feels about lying:
“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.” (Proverbs 12:22)
“You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.” (Psalm 5:6)
“Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” (Colossians 3:9)
“A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.” (Proverbs 19:5)
In Proverbs 19 we see there is no point in lying for we will not go unpunished or escape if we do. Jesus also makes this clear in Luke 8.
“For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” (Luke 8:17)
This is something we’ve discussed here on The Constant Battle several times: there can be no darkness in the light of Christ. Jesus will illuminate all of the dark corners of your life; you can’t hide anything from him. Any lies you are telling or living now will eventually be brought into the light. The hope is, we have an opportunity to turn from these sinful ways, to stop lying like the devil would want us to, and tell the truth.
Jesus calls Satan a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44: “…He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jesus is called the truth: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He declared that the reason He came was to bear testimony to the truth (John 18:37). Truth. Lies. Jesus. Satan. Opposites. How God feels about lying is clear. Our choice to lie or tell the truth is clear, and the source of each is clear.
The only way to overcome the fear that comes with confessing the truth after you’ve told lies or after you’ve committed that sin again, is to allow the fear of the Lord to wash over you. Look back at how God feels about lying, look at what happens to liars, remember who the father of lies is. Do you want God’s punishment or the world’s? Do you want to face the heartbreak of those you’ve lied to or the destruction that Psalm 5:6 promises? Confess your lies while you still have time, while there is time to be forgiven. Don’t keep lying—it will all be revealed eventually. You can reveal them now or God will reveal them for you.
Let’s finish by looking at some of what the Bible says about the truth. The Bible says that truthful lips endure forever (Proverbs 12:19); that as we mature in Christ we are to speak the truth (Ephesians 4:15); we are to confess our sins to one another (James 5:16, 1 John 1:9); and, again, that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). The choice is clear—live a truthful life.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.