2010-12-27 - The Nineth Commandment ~
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 57
Ninth Commandment ~ Part 7
It is only when we deal with truth that we come close to perceiving reality.
The Biblical Illustrator says it this way:
If our thought does not exactly correspond with
reality we are
in error, and error is a mischief to us.
the more we follow
truth the nearer we are to God. 1
Have you ever thought of it in this context? While we recognize sin breaks
off our fellowship with the Father, lying is unique, in that it is the antithesis
of everything God is. We are called to being known as truth tellers, as truly
honest individuals. As we love God, and as we love others, we will tell the
truth. And we will tell it in a constructive and encouraging way. Let our
lives be typified by the truth that is modeled by Christ.
You shall not give false testimony against your
neighbor. or do anything that could be considered lying for
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those
who deal faithfully are His delight.
Therefore laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each
one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
Remember, we claim to be of Christ, and He said of Himself:
I am the way, the truth, and the life;
And so with David, we should pray:
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are
the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day (Exodus 20:16;
Proverbs 12: 22; Ephesians 4:25; John 14: 6; Psalms 25: 5).
Exell, Joseph S., The Biblical Illustrator, Exodus,
Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1975, p. 396
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