Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
God’s standard for your life is not as easy as avoiding the “major sins.” You will never secure a relationship with God by simply living a good life. His ninth commandment alone is sufficient to keep all of humanity forever separated from Him. If you have ever told a lie, you have fallen short of God’s standard of holiness (Romans 3:23).
Having this knowledge, it is amazing that we, as Christians, would continue to lie. Furthermore, we don’t only lie, but we dismiss it as if it was not a sin at all. Is this how we should treat the words of God? Why do we approach a sin that is worthy of sending us eternally to Hell with so little thought, confession, and repentance? Our eternal security with God does not exclude us from the temporal consequences of our sins. We should not assume that God takes lying more lightly because we accepted His Son’s death as righteousness counted towards us. Proverbs 19:5 teaches us that “A false witness will not go unpunished and he who tells lies will not escape.”
Those who lie, gossip, and withhold the truth from others are condemned by God in Exodus 20:16. Jesus said that He was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). It is an offense against the very nature and person of your Savior to embrace a lifestyle of lying and skewing the truth. On the other hand, Proverbs 12:22 teaches us that “those who act faithfully are His delight.”
Commit to being a delight before the Lord today. Ask Him to convict your of your sinful thoughts before they manifest themselves in the form of lying lips.