8th July 2011

Always Be True

“…the mouths of liars will be silenced.”
Psalm 63:11 (NIV UK)

Do you know Matilda by Hilaire Belloc? 

It’s a cautionary tale about a girl who was addicted to lying. “Matilda told such dreadful lies it made one gasp and stretch one’s eyes; her aunt, who from her earliest youth had kept a strict regard for truth, attempted to believe Matilda: the effort very nearly killed her!” To find out what happened next, why not read the poem? 

In today’s society lying seems to have become accepted as part of life. We lie to save face, to avoid embarrassment, to get ahead in careers, to win arguments, etc.. American writer Richard Bach said that, “the worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves”. 

David composed Psalm 63 while in the desert of Judah. The desert is a good place in which to decide to stop lying. I know that when I go to pray in some quiet place, perhaps up a mountain or on a walk by the sea or in the park, I feel inspired to be right with God. No, I won’t lie again, I won’t shade the truth. I won’t cheat. I won’t say unkind things. I determine all such things with God alone. The trouble is I go back into community. People surround me and I forget my resolve. Other people just complicate my Christianity! 

Nevertheless the silencing of the mouths of liars begins with me. With you. With us, in fact. Maybe we think that God will miraculously turn us into truth-bearers when Christ returns. When we are transformed things will turn out alright. What we do sometimes is store up some, or most of, our personal problems for Jesus to solve when he returns. But, hang on, doesn’t scripture tell us that we are to grow into his image right now? 2 Corinthians 3:18 records that we “are being transformed into his (Jesus’) likeness with ever-increasing glory”. It’s not all about waiting for God to sort us out in the future. 

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ…Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Colossians 3:1, 9-10). 

Let’s glorify God now. If anyone is about to speak a lie, don’t do it. Let the mouths of liars be silenced!

Let’s tell the truth. 

Almighty God, help me when I am about to lie, to resist the impulse, and to let your Spirit lead me to tell the truth always. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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