Lying And Crucial Reasons To Stop Lying

Lying: An act of telling a lie, or falsehood. It is a act of one who lies, or a act of a person who keeps low to the ground.

Nowadays lying is a widespread problem of many people. This behavior problem can seriously affect your life. It is easy to lose trust of your friends, dearest and nearest people. Lying can cause very serious mental and life problems. You may come to a standstill and spend years to handle the situation. I think it is much easier to prevent and reduce lying than disentangle the consequences of this behavior. Do not let lying affect your happiness and choices. I will prove that lying is a slow killer of your personality. Moreover, the Bible makes us to understand that GOD hates liars. As a believers we now that lying is a sin, yet so many people are under the bondage of the spirit of lies. The Bible recorded that GOD hates liars. This is to let you know that no matter what form it may take or regardless of the adjective a liar gives to his or her act of lying (white lies, black lies, small lies, etc), all lies are sin ad GOD hates those who indulge in it.

Looking at what the Bible says about liars:

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.- Proverbs 6:16‭-‬19 NKJV

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord , But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
– Proverbs 12:22 NKJV

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Revelation 21:8 NKJV

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STUDY ON COLOSSIANS

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For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Are You Qualified for Heaven?

Before teams or athletes are allowed to participate in the Olympics, they need to qualify for Olympic competition. Individual athletes need to beat out the competition from their own country and also meet international qualifying standards. Teams often need to navigate through qualifying tournaments. You can’t just sign up to compete in the Olympics as if it were a local 5k race.

Are you qualified—not for the Olympics, but to go to heaven? In our section of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colosse, Paul mentions some things God desires from us. “Bearing fruit in every good work.” “Growing in the knowledge of God.” “Having great endurance and patience.” “Joyfully giving thanks to the Father.”

Admittedly, we have to confess that we haven’t done those things according to God’s standards. We haven’t done every good work. When going through hardship or stressful days, we don’t always have “great endurance and patience”—not with God and not with others. When we think life has handed us a bunch of lemons, we don’t always raise our voices in joyful thanks to God. We just don’t meet God’s qualifying standards (and these are just a few of the many areas.)

Thankfully, Paul clearly tells us that it is GOD who qualifies us for heaven. Paul wrote about God’s saving work for us in several different ways. He mentions that God the Father “qualified you to share” in heaven. God “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” God has redeemed us. God has forgiven our sins. What’s the point? GOD has qualified you for heaven!

If you qualify for the Olympics, you’re probably not going to quit training. You hone your skills, train your body and prepare mentally for the competition. You keep working hard. Only now you’re not training hard to qualify for the Olympics…you’re already going.

Through faith in Jesus, Christians are already qualified and are going to heaven. But this doesn’t mean Christians quit working hard. Why do we keep on doing “every good work”? Why are we interested in “growing in the knowledge of God”? Why do we strive to have “great endurance and patience”? Not to qualify for heaven, but to live in joyful thanks because God has given us so much!

Prayer: God, our Father, you rescued me when I was lost. You qualified me for what I do not deserve—forgiveness and heaven. Thank you! Let my life be filled with joyful thanks, good works, and great endurance and patience. Amen.

STUDY ON COLLOSIANS

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. 3 We always thank God, STUDYthe Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

What Do You Think of Me?

Have you ever sat down for a job review with your boss at work? Or have you had your talent and skill critiqued by a coach or teacher? Has your spouse ever evaluated your relationship? Sometimes, the process begins with a long dance around the questions that may be eating away at you. “Just tell me! How am I doing? What do you think of me?”

1st Century Christians in the city of Colosse received a letter from the apostle Paul and Timothy, his assistant. What would they say about how the Christians in Colosse were doing? What did Paul and Timothy think of them? As we peek at the opening lines of this letter, we notice that Paul doesn’t waste time on pleasantries like, “How are you doing? This weather has been crazy, hasn’t it?”

Paul started his letter with the main topic—God. He started by reminding them of God’s grace and the peace God’s grace worked. Then, Paul quickly told them how they were doing. Paul was thankful for their faith in Jesus and their love for all the saints. Paul thought of them often. Paul told them that he regularly prayed for them and thanked God for their faith and love. And it wasn’t just Paul who was pleased. God was happy too. God loved them.

“How am I doing? What does God think of me?” Do these questions ever pop into your mind? Would you expect to get a letter with a glowing report like Paul sent to the Colossians? Truly, you and I, and even the believers in Colosse must recognize that we deserve a bad review. Instead of love, we hate. Instead of faith, we worry or complain against God. Instead of the good fruit God desires, we produce sin. How can we be anything but worried, doomed to a bad review by God?

Go back to Paul’s opening words: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” God’s undeserved love, his gracious heart and saving actions are yours. You have God’s grace. The Father loved you and sent his Son. Jesus loved you and he lived, died and rose for you. God loves you and forgives you. You have peace with God through Jesus.

What does God think of you? He loves you and has given you eternal hope! Now, how are you doing?

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for clearly telling me what you think of me in your gospel. You love me through Jesus. Thank you for your grace and peace. Increase my faith and love. Amen.