If someone always tells the truth, we never wonder if we can trust what they say. But even if only a couple of lies get tossed into the mix, we doubt the veracity of the person. A lie pollutes what they say. We can no longer accept their words. Proverbs 12:17 says it like this, “An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.”
If we are honest we can be trusted. That’s the bottom line. And to clarify, there is no such thing as a “little white lie”. A lie is a lie. We need to remember who the father of lies is…the devil.
Our words matter. Proverbs 12:18-22 goes on to say, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
Our words can wound. They can pierce someone like a sword. But the other side is that our words can bring healing. They can sooth, and help someone who is hurting.
Our words have staying power as well. So, we need to be very careful. God hates lies. Lies come from satan. We need to speak truth.
People need to be able to trust us when we speak. If we are people who always tell the truth then our friends, family, coworkers can always trust what we are telling them. And people need to see us as ones who use our words for good.
Heavenly Father, set a guard over my mouth. Help me to always tell the truth. Help me to use my words to bring healing to the listener.