“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but each lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Prov 12:18-22
Have you heard the phrase, “It never pays to lie”? A lie can forfeit a life or it can destroy a reputation. I recently read a Sports Illustrated article about former Georgia Tech coach George O’Leary. In December 2001 George O’Leary was at the top of the coaching profession. He had just been named the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame – the Fighting Irish. It was a dream of a lifetime. O’Leary was in charge of one of the most prestigious sports programs in the world. Then two days later, at the end of his first day on the job, a call came. A reporter had been trying to contact some of the guys who had played college football with O’Leary back at New Hampshire. The strange thing was that nobody could remember a George O’Leary. So Notre Dame’s sports information director telephoned to check it out. O’Leary admitted that when he applied for a job at Syracuse, his resume didn’t look impressive enough. So he improved his resume. He improved his resume by claiming he had a non-existent master’s degree as well as playing for the College of New Hampshire for three years. Just five days after being named the head football coach for Notre Dame, he was asked for his resignation.
Solomon says in our Proverb, “Truthful lips endure forever, but each lying tongue is but for a moment.” In others words, it is always better, to tell the truth than to tell a lie. Listen, lying makes us believe that if we get away with it, we can repeat it. Lies make people more insecure with themselves because it creates a distorted reality about the life they really want. The fact of the matter is God hates lying. God rebukes lying because it kills our spirits as Christians. It makes our souls deteriorate. We should be more mindful of the words we speak because they cannot be taken back.
In Alaska, there was a man who had two twin wolves, brothers, that he trained to obey him. He used them to hold dog fights. People from all around would come and place bets on which one would win. Although the dogs were identical in size and strength, the owner somehow knew which one would win. A friend asked him, “How do you always know which one is going to win?” He replied, “The one that I feed best that week is the one who will win.”
What’s for dinner? How much food do you have in your pantry for the truth or better yet the false lies? It’s time to take the false lies to the garbage dump where they belong and begin shopping at the River of Life, where the streams of living truth flow every day.
I’ve got some great news this morning, Jesus is our only source of truth. Pray for God to deliver you from the false lies of the enemy. Pray for God to fill you this morning with His truth. Speak the truth and live the truth all day today.