Proverbs 18:5-8 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Some people are good storytellers. They can captivate your attention with tales of adventure or mystery. It almost seems as if you are right there, living in the story. I love to hear a great storyteller spin their tale. If the story is told well, it is every bit as good as reading a great book or watching a suspenseful movie.
Now let’s imagine for a moment the storyteller suddenly put your name and life into the tale. They made it clear enough that everyone around knew they were speaking of you. However, they have twisted the truth, and several of the details are outright lies. The saga is exciting, but not true. This story being told makes you sound like some terrible heartless person.
You stand up and say, “Hey, that’s not true!” Only to be told to sit down and be quiet. Others who are listening yell, “You’re ruining the story.” The person telling the yarn of lies seems energized by the crowd and begins really altering the facts knowing now that no one will listen to you and the truth. To the storyteller, the truth seems irrelevant at this point. What matters is that people will listen, and that the story is alluring.
This next statement should not surprise you, but liars love to lie. They love to spin their tales of trash. The more people listen, the more outlandish the stories will become. However, at some point, once they drag another life, and then another life into their tales of deceit, people begin to realize, this person is a liar. Over time, fewer and fewer people will listen to them. Even if they tell the truth, they are now suspected of spewing fiction. The love of attention at any cost has brought them shame and embarrassment. “A fool’s mouth is his destruction.”
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
You may not be able to avoid the liars in life. You can however live in a way so as to make their outlandish tales unbelievable. A good testimony will always outwit the liar. Live for Christ and let Him deal with liars.
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Isaiah 14 – 19 / Proverbs 18:5-8
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Job 21-25 / Acts 21:18-40
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