Today’s reading from Proverbs is short but pointed. Godly people hate lies, says Proverbs 13:5a, but wicked people enjoy spreading falsehoods and bring shame upon themselves (Proverbs 13:5b). Those who follow the way of truth will be protected by their own good character and reputation (Proverbs 13:6a), while deceitful habits and traits end up ruining the lives of liars (Proverbs 13:6b). To summarize, God wants His people to stay “100% honest” with Him and with everyone else in our lives.
So how are you doing with truth and integrity this summer? As I said, today’s passage is simple but sharp. God wants His people to be truthful because He is the Truth. This means that we must also hate lies, which come from Satan, who is a liar and the father of lies. Listen to these strong words of Jesus directed at those who do not follow Him: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
If your life is marked by constant deception and dishonesty, you are in a bad place spiritually. I beg you to come clean with Jesus today about any standing lies or false behaviors and decisions in your life. Own up to your sin, confess it to the Lord, and agree to do what needs to be done to repair the damage of your lies. This could mean tough conversations with people whom you have deceived. This is called repentance and it is NOT FUN. But genuine repentance is the only way to find cleansing and peace for your heart and soul.
If your life is already marked by honesty and integrity, then keep on that path and don’t get proud. Little lies and deceptions can easily creep into our lives unnoticed. Our natural hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah. 17:9). Even the strongest, most mature Christians must still stay in God’s Word and prayer daily and remain sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in their consciences. We must be in close fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters who can hold us accountable for the integrity of our walks with the Lord. Stay close to the Lord and His people and stay clean before Him. Then you will enjoy God’s protection, presence, and favor. That’s what I want, and if you are reading this by choice this summer, than I bet that is what you want, too.
The Text (Proverbs 13:5-6)
5 A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Questions to Think About
- Is your life in the past six months marked more by honesty or lies? Would those who know you best agree with your answer?
- As you read this devotion, did any standing lies or deceptions come to your mind? In other words, are there any false statements or actions in your life that you need to confess and repent of today? What do you need to do be “100% honest” with God today?
- Who are you closest Christian mentors and friends who hold your accountable for your walk with the Lord? Have you been seeking out fellowship with them this summer or trying to avoid them? Explain.