Proverbs 15:13-16 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
When I was a boy my mother would tell me, “don’t tell lies, because you’ll have to tell another lie to cover the first lie, and then yet another to cover that one. You’ll end up telling so many lies, you’ll not remember the original lie you told. Then, when you get caught in your lies, no one will believe you nor like you.”
Those might not have been her exact words, but they’re close enough. She could have just quoted the commandment written in Exodus twenty, which says we’re not suppose to lie. However, my mom knew there was more than just one reason written in the pages of God’s Word for telling the truth. In fact, she knew God’s Word is the truth.
She was simply taking Proverbs 15:14-15, and putting it into her own words. “The mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness,” and, “all the days of the afflicted are evil.” A lie told will have to be covered with more lies. A lie is an untrue story, the imagination of a sinful heart. It’s the opposite of the truth, and becomes foolishness. Every day that follows the lie becomes another twenty-four hours of trying to remember the lie, and living or exaggerating its folly.
By exact contrast, the heart of them who understands that God is all about the truth, will seek the wisdom, and knowledge only God can give. Then, a clear conscience, not trying to remember lies, will bring about days of joy and contentment. It will be a continual feast of enjoying the Word of God, and living by its principles. The truth really does set you free.
Seek the truth. Tell the truth. Live the truth. Obey the truth. Moreover, let the real Truth of God, His Son, dwell in you richly.
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Psalms 15 – 21 / Proverbs 15:13-16
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