[CF Devotionals] 2010-12-27 - The Nineth Commandment ~ Conclusion

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).

  1. Exell, Joseph S., The Biblical Illustrator, “Exodus,” Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1975, p. 396

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