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9 - the one about what we say about others

God hates lying

In a list of things God doesn’t like and lying makes the list twice!

16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
[Proverbs 6:16-19]


Why would God hate lying?

a. God is truthFULL (always)

in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began [ Titus 1:2]

b. Satan is the Father of lies

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. [John 8:44]

c. The tongue is a weapon of mass destruction: A man who bears false witness against his neighbour is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:18

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:7-8


So ...

Lying is wrong! (even if we think they are ‘white’ lies or ‘little’ lies)

Bending the truth is wrong too!
How we speak matters.
Lying is a plain and robust way of calling it as it is.
Saying we are being economical with the truth .... that we bent the truth ... we told a tall tale ... a porky ... a fib ... a white lie ... a whopper ... we are stretching the truth ... fudging it ... making it up ...all these kinds of ways of speaking are ways of softening the truth and hiding from the reality of what is going on. 
Not telling the full truth or using words in a way that helps us hide the truth is a way of deceiving ourselves and others.

Passing on lies is wrong as well. We have responsibility for what we pass on

‘Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
2 ‘Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favouritism to a poor person in a lawsuit. Exodus 23:1-3

Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts. Proverbs 26:20, 22

As Jesus’ people we are to speak the truth in love [Ephesians 4:15]

When we speak we should run a check: 
Is it T
rue?
Is it Helpful?
Remember, I am about to speak In God’s Sight
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?


FINALLY: What is the most important TRUTH ?

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10