“The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.”
By What We Say
There is a funny thing about evidence. It points to the truth.
Watching some of the detective shows on television can be a trip, because there is always somebody accused of doing something. Sometimes the person being accused is innocent while the accuser is the guilty one. Sometimes the accused really is guilty.
Most of the time each party, guilty and innocent, is revealed by the simplest of things: what they have said.
Whether they are the accused, accuser, or someone on the sidelines of the investigation, the guilty party often gets caught, because they say the one thing that reveals their guilt.
There are a few reasons why the Christian is called to honesty:
- God is Truth (John 15:26). If we are in God, then God is in us. Lies should be the last thing on our minds.
- We are commanded to truth (Ephesians 4:25).
- We are blameless in the truth.
Here is what the last one really means:
If we do what we say, avoid wrong-doing, and speak honestly in all things, there is no evidence against us.
When all of the evidence supports us, we get out of trouble.
(To be fair, however, we also know that we will receive much trouble because of the truth and righteousness of Christ, as told by Jesus in Matthew 24:9)
It is always better to “play it safe” and be honest, but there is also ample evidence throughout the Bible that we are called to the higher standard.
Ultimately, it is repenting of our lying hearts and turning to the truth of who Jesus Christ is that saves us from Ultimate Trouble. That is not just playing it safe. That is smart.
Righteous Judge, give us honest hearts and lips. Lead us in all truth. Help us forgive and love those who are still caught in the lie of sin, especially when we are caught in the middle of their lies. Help us to be honest with ourselves and own up to our own lies.