Thursday, November 5, 2015

Daily Walk/Meditation: Listening to Lies

Was a brisk 50 degrees for my walk this evening. My meditation was on Proverbs 17:4:
         An evildoer listens to wicked lips, 
         and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

We usually think of liars as those who tell lies. But startlingly this verse tells us that liars are also those who listen to and believe lies!

Of course, all of humanity has fallen and believed various lies of the evil one. Therefore, all people are liars and need to be saved. But if listening to and believing lies makes one a liar, then it is also true that listening to and believing the gospel of truth will make one honest. Thus, Jesus speaks of those who listen to and receive the gospel as people with an honest heart: "As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience."

We are all liars by nature. Our only hope is to listen to the only man who never lied, told us the truth, and embodied that truth, Jesus Christ. When we listen to and believe him who is God incarnate, then we can move from lies to truth, from dishonesty to honesty, from wickedness to righteousness.

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