The mouth (2)

eyes-35616_640Job 27:4: my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.

Job, revealed his righteousness credential telling his friends that he and deceit were have permanently divorced. Paul said we should not lies to each other. The Lord is the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16) and lying is far from him, as his children lying should also be far from us also.

It could be argued that lying is the commonest of sins. It’s right there on the tip of the lips for those prone to it. But the problem is that many don’t see this as a serious thing just as something that is part of the human condition. But hear what the bible says: it says that all liars shall have their portion in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). It is that serious. God is not joking.

That is logical, with the devil regarded as a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). He lied to Adam and Eve and they lost their innocence, when they bought his lies (Genesis 3). He convinced them not to follow God’s truth.

Understand that truth is a person, Jesus. He said I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). He told Nicodemus: I tell you things on the earth and you don’t believe, how would you believe when I tell you things from heaven (John 3:1-21)?

Jesus gave his credential to Nicodemus as the one who comes from heaven, with the verified truth about God. He said: no one has gone to heaven at anytime, but the son of man who is in the bosom of the father, he has revealed him. When he speaks of the things of heaven he speaks of what he has seen, he speaks the truth. To reject him is to reject the truth and embrace a lie.

When a man came to Jesus saying, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? Jesus said that he should sell all he had and follow him; but he rejected the words of Jesus and he walked away. He rejected truth to embrace fleeting riches. He embraced what is temporary to reject what is eternal (Mark 10:17-22). In rejecting truth, he embraced lies (Psalms 40:4). The bible says that we should not trust in uncertain riches, that it grows wings and flies away (1Timothy 6:17). We should embrace the truth of the word of God rather than the uncertainty of riches.

The church is said to be the pillar and ground of truth (1Timothy 3:15), which should be the base of the word of truth; pure truth. But when you lie you are momentarily on the side with the devil who is the father of lies. Truth is the core of your nature as a Christian. It is the basis of a life of righteousness. Because of the need to maintain a lifestyle which is anti-lies, you will be forced to do things in a transparent way.

The bible says that righteousness exalts a nation and that sin is a reproach to a people (Proverbs 14:34). Sin involves cover up, because it is something shameful. Adam and Eve’s sin led to a feeling of shame and the instinctive need to cover up (Genesis 3). And lying is a way to cover up. Jesus said that those doing the right thing will come to the light so that it might become clear that what they did was done in God, in whom is light and there is no shadow of turning (James 1:17), he is light (1John 1:5).

A pure heart will be far from lies. A muddled up heart, on the other hand, would want to muddle up the facts to others. And the bible says that blessed are the pure in heart because they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). It partly means that you will see eye to eye with God, because they express his quality of purity.

Conversely the bible says to the sinner: your sins will find you out (Numbers 32:23), whatever is done in the secret will be revealed publicly (Luke 8:17). However as a Christian, you have the privilege of having the blood of Jesus justify you and make as holy as Jesus when you stand before God, regardless of what your past says; that same blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness e.g. lying; it cures us from repeating the same sins once we acknowledge it and ask for cleansing (1John 1:7-9), recognising the power in the blood (Hebrews 9:14).

The mouth is a great resource. It is a tool of change; a change for the better or worse, to kill or heal. The bible says that some people speak like the piercing of the sword (Proverbs 12:18). They can kill your vision, your motivation, your drive, your confidence with the words of their mouth.

One of David brothers has a sharp tongue. When he (David) was sent to the warfront to take food to his three eldest brothers, one of them accused him of being nosy, concerning himself with matters above his pay grade. He talked down on him (1Samuel 17:28-31).

David defended himself; he did not allow the negativity of his brother to dampen his enthusiasm (which was obviously a taste of treatment he passed through with his brothers). He ignored him and talk to others who were not so judgemental. Don’t give your time to those who have the need to run you down with their mouth, running a commentary about you from the standpoint of their own inferiority complex.

While David survived the negativity spewed out from his brother mouth, Naboth did not survive the lies levelled against him.

He was the owner of a piece of vineyard that the evil king Ahab was interested in. He was not going to hand over the land to him. While the king sulked because he could not take over another man’s field, his wife, the evil Jezebel, decided to set Naboth up, and have people lie against him that he blasphemed the name of God. Naboth did not stand a chance, he was stoned to death. But God levelled grievous judgments on the king and his for their various sins, till that time (1Kings 21).

The mouth needs to be positively engaged. It can be a source of life (blessing) and a source of death (injury). It can have a poisonous effect. For that, you need to be preoccupied with the positivity of the word of God to you and treat with little or no regard, the poisonous words from other. If it doesn’t build you up, then mentally disregard it. Or else you find yourself overreacting and getting distracted (bitter, angry and retaliatory), just as the devil wants.

If there is any area we should seek sanctification (purity), it is in the use of our tongue. James said the rightful use of the mouth is the cornerstone of the life of righteousness. He said once we can exercise appropriate control when it comes to the tongue then all other issues of self-control are automatically taken care of.  He calls the tongue difficult to tame, saying human beings have learnt how to tame all manner of animals, but not the tongue (James 3:1-13).

Taming the tongue starts with having a new life in Christ, and allowing that life to change how we use our tongue, making it to be to the glory of God and not a manifestation of the flesh, a reflection of his light and a rejection of darkness.

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