May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
If you want to know what a person really holds in his heart and what his true priorities are, ask him why he is grateful to God. If this person focuses on God and His Word, he will respond immediately to you and will mention the many things for which his heart overflows with gratitude. If he takes a bit to answer it may be for two reasons, one is that it has so many things for which to be full of gratitude that he needs a couple of seconds to rank them in order of importance from highest to lowest before stating them. The other possibility is that this person has never stopped to consider the many blessings God has granted him or simply he does not know who is the author of all things good and apparently bad that are part of his life.
Never forget that everything, absolutely everything we are, have and do we owe to our heavenly Father who gave us life, forgiveness of sins and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Consider the long list of daily blessings and benefits that our Father has bestowed upon us, which makes us the most privileged beings in the universe. Until we are totally clear about these things we will not know what it means to praise God. If you’ve never sat down to consider what God has given you, begin by investigating where your life comes from and who allows your heart to beat and lets you breathe. Soon you will realize that every aspect of your life, as insignificant as it may seem, you owe it to God. To him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life give all thanks. To God alone be the glory!
The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
If we could understand how abominable lying is to God we would make sure that we always walk through the paths of honesty. No one can refute that lying is something that is much displeasing to God . Especially when our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth and not acting honestly becomes a direct affront against him. But our adversary has done a good job convincing us that lying can easily bail us out and that it brings no serious consequences. Our carnal nature loves anything that does not require some kind of effort. We willingly accept everything that is easy to do, light, not compromising, not a cause for responsibilities or anything that will not complicate our lives . We avoid anything that requires effort, commitment or sacrifice thinking that acting this way will keep us away from anyone who would demand our accountability. Honesty requires commitment, effort and sacrifice, which is why it’s so difficult for our sinful nature to remain in it.
A simple way to avoid falling into the snares of falsehood is to always act with integrity. Do nothing that you can not justify. Let us always act according to the precepts and instructions of God and we will see no need to lie about what we have done because everything will be justified by the word of God. To do otherwise means that we will be exposed to shame when the truth is revealed ─for nothing will remain hidden─ and also that our relationship with God will be affected by the presence of what is abhorrent to him in our lives. Let’s keep ourselves as far away as possible from deceit and hypocrisy and our life will be blessed. Remember that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Let us be God’s delight.To God alone be the glory!
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
When God appeared to Solomon shortly after he ascended the throne of His father David he said, “Ask me anything you want.” Solomon could have asked for many things such as the early death of his enemies, long life or riches. Instead, recognizing his own limitations to meet the responsibilities associated with the high office he had received as successor of David, king of Israel, he asked only discernment to govern God’s people and to be able to distinguish between good and evil. This request was pleasing to God and it was granted, but God granted the other things that Solomon could have asked but did not. So he gave him a wise and discerning heart and also gave him riches and splendor like no other man had ever had. The word of God tells us that “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.”
Solomon’s request was made with lots of wisdom and understanding and God provided with abundance in everything that Solomon already had. The same happens today with the children of God. The Lord Jesus left us to seek first the kingdom of God and all other things (food, drink and clothing, etc.) would be added. Let’s not ask, God therefore the things that he already has prepared for his children. Let us pray for wisdom to seek and extend the kingdom of God and let us not worry about tomorrow. When God sees that our heart is willing to obey him and follow his direction, he will give us everything necessary to carry out the task entrusted to us. God will give us something far more valuable than gold and precious stones. To God alone be the glory!
 Kings 4:29-30
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
There are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. Some people like to talk so much that they can not remain silent under any circumstances and end up saying sheer nonsense that no one is interested in hearing. Those are the fools. Sometimes even a king needs to put them in place and ask them to shut up. Others have a poisoned tongue that only utters insults and curses that can only come from a heart controlled by the devil. There are also those to whom nothing seems right and all they do is complain about everything. We also have those who are unable to utter an expression of thanks, but only know how to demand. Some have made an art of lying, if you can call deception that. With amazing skills they can convince even the most skeptical but always at the expense of hoaxes and deceit. We can’t leave aside those who always have an excuse to justify they have not done anything, because of inability or laziness. And what about those who have a treacherous tongue and are willing to sell the secrets, even those of his own brother. As we can see, there are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. We can’t mention all of them for reasons of space.
Have you been at any time part of one or more of the groups described above? Are any of these behaviors a problem you’re currently facing? An uncontrolled tongue can do great damage. James, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” and “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Before you say anything, consider well what you are going to say to avoid pronouncing evil words. Thus, we will be careful not to hurt our neighbor and also we will protect ourselves. To God alone be the glory!
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Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Hypocrisy is just a lie. Lies have many ways to manifest and one of them is hypocrisy or duplicity. Culturally we are taught to keep quiet about what we think which in itself is not bad but eventually it transforms into not showing what we feel and accepting, at least externally, what we do not approve. Sometimes we do it to avoid conflict but that does not stop it from being what it is: deceit. Social conventions often guide us to assume attitudes that make us acceptable to those around us but we forget that lying is a sin and that sin has serious consequences on our lives. Of course we can’t go around saying the first thing that comes to mind. Sometimes we hurt others because we use words laden with intentionality without analyzing the impact that they may have in the life of the recipient. We must be careful of what we say to avoid hurting feelings but we must take care that what we say is a sincere expression of our thoughts and our hearts. Lying, in whatever form, comes only from its father, Satan. Being disingenuous and assuming misleading attitudes makes us disciples of the enemy.
Jesus Christ said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus, we must always speak with honesty, calling a spade a spade, with no duplicity but always with love. The apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that we need to put off our old self and put on the new. “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Let us do what pleases God and not what satisfies our corrupt nature. Let us always act honestly allowing the truth to reign in our lives. To God alone be the glory!
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