There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. Proverbs 6:16-19
As I thought about these verses yesterday, I came up with these sayings:
You can dress up a lie with flowery words and the allusion of honey, but in the end, it is still a lie.
False accusations will eventually bring sorrow to those who speak them.
A smooth lie wounds deeper than a harsh truth.
A vicious tongue cuts deeper than a sword by dividing relationships.
Controlling what comes out of our mouths is essential to peace in every facet of our lives.
Once a person becomes used to lying, they become immune to understanding truth.
If you claim to show love, but cannot control your tongue, the only person continually fooled is yourself.
A salty ocean cannot produce pure sweet water.
Pleasant words and a bitter heart are in conflict with each other. They produce dissension and division.
Those who pretend to be your friend and gossip behind your back are not your ally.
If you want to put out a fire, don’t give air to a spark of rumors.
When you listen to rumors, you are as guilty as the one who gossiped and when you repeat the gossip, you are embellishing hearsay. You start with a domino effect and create an avalanche of trouble.
Prayer: Lord help me to control what comes out of my mouth and may all my words be a blessing to you. May I glorify God as I journey through this life. Allow the Holy Spirit to say words that are worthy of your honor and in a timely manner.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:16-25