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Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Lying may work momentarily. But one lie requires more to cover it, and it forms a habit, and then you will be found out as a liar and fraud. But the man who always tells the truth will live securely and be prospered by God and men. Make total honesty your policy.

There are two metonyms here – lip and tongue – which stand for the words they produce. Both serve the same purpose. They are used to represent the speaking ability of a man and the words he utters. The lip of truth describes a man who always uses his lips to speak the truth. A lying tongue describes a man who often uses his tongue to form lies.

Jehovah is God of truth (Deut 32:4). He hates lies and liars (Pr 6:16-19). All liars shall spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8,27; 22:15). Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness, because He loved truth and always spoke the truth (Rev 3:14; 19:11). A great man worthy of honor and promotion is a man of truth (Ex 18:21; Jer 5:1; Zech 8:16).

The devil is the father of lies; he told the first lie in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:4-5). Things have not changed since. His whole existence is based on a lie – rebellion against God. He is a deceiver, and so are all his false teachers. They transform themselves to appear as something very different than reality in order to deceive (II Cor 11:3-4,13-15).

The Gibeonites feared as Israel crossed the Jordan River and began annihilating the cities and nations of Canaan. They lied about their nearby location to save their lives, and they tasted relief and success for a moment, only to end up as perpetual slaves (Josh 9:3-27).

Was Gehazi’s moment worth it? He took two talents of silver and two sets of clothes from Naaman, who liberally gave them to him, but Elisha exposed his lies and left him and his family lepers for life (II Kgs 5:20-27). God will not be mocked. Hate lying!

Was Peter’s moment worth it? He avoided arrest when confronted about his relationship to Jesus Christ. But consider the Lord’s look (Luke 22:60-62), the Lord’s confrontation (Jn 21:15-19), and all men reading about his denial in the gospels even during his life.

Lying may work momentarily. You may escape from punishment or trouble, or you may gain an unfair advantage, by a lie; but you will eventually be discovered, and the net results will prove you a fool. Even if you avoid detection for your entire life, it is only a moment when the weight and duration of eternal punishment are measured against it.

A liar often uses words to cover sins and to pretend to have knowledge greater than he actually has. Once he has told one lie, he usually must tell another one to cover the first, and so his hypocrisy gets worse and worse. When he is finally discovered as a cheat and liar, he is avoided by all men, punished by the magistrate, and judged by Almighty God.

An honest man always tells the truth. He does not exaggerate or embellish facts. He takes pains to make sure his claims can be proven. If he cannot prove a matter, then he does not speak or offers only an opinion. Because his word can be trusted, men put more and more confidence in him, until he is established with an honorable reputation for integrity.

It is your solemn duty to tell the truth regardless of cost to yourself or others. Rather than looking at faces and considering their thoughts to determine if you should tell the truth, look by faith at the face of a holy God and consider His thoughts about telling a lie! What does He offer for telling the truth? You show the evidence of eternal life (Ps 15:1-5).

It is a sacred duty to hate lies, regardless of the advantage or benefit the devil or world tells you might come by them. Do not be gullible like Eve to the lies of others. The consequences of that lie are still horrible to this day. Hate dishonesty, exaggeration, and lying in all their forms. If you lie, you will be discovered and punished soon. Believe it.

Honesty and truth are wonderful. You never need worry about being discovered. You never need lie again to cover an earlier lie. Others will trust and respect you. God will bless you. You will promote the gospel and have evidence of eternal life. For this reason, Paul exhorted Christians to provide things honest before all men (Ro 12:17; II Co 8:21).

Politicians often put a spin on matters, designed to avoid, mislead, or deceive men. But one King always told the truth and defended the truth – Jesus Christ. He explained on trial for His life, “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (Jn 18:37). Pilate, typical of educated men, said to Him, “What is truth?” (Jn 18:38). Are you of the truth? Have you heard His voice and believed on Him and all that He taught? Do so today!

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Proverbs 12:25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

What is the cheapest and easiest gift? Giving a kind word away! It can make a sad heart glad! Such love will not cost you anything. What a cheap way to be rich to others! You could send a person skipping down the street. You could lay another brick for eternal life.

Your mouth can do more than swallow food. It can cheer a heavy heart. You can learn kind, complimentary, encouraging words of truth to do it. Can you spot a heavy heart or sad spirit? Do you know good words it needs? Will you get excited to fulfill this proverb?

Christians are to love one another (Jn 13:34-35). Church members are to consider one another (Heb 10:24; 13:3). Both are one-on-one duties. Speech is often used to cut and hurt, but considerate words in love can be very healthful (Pr 12:18; 16:24; 25:11; 27:9).

Have God and Solomon got your attention? But God knew something important Solomon did not. He knew you would have ability to communicate a kind word easier than ever e.g. phone, email, text, Facebook, tweet, etc. You could lift a heart right now. Do it!

Most men are too selfish and preoccupied with their own lives to notice others, and most do not have the affection or concern to say something kind and helpful. They are too lazy to consider another person and do something about it. The rest are too fearful or ignorant.

Sad sacks cannot be justified: saints should be the happiest people on earth (Ps 4:7; 63:5; 92:4; I Pet 1:8). Great men get cast down, but they are not overwhelmed (Ps 42:1-11; II Cor 4:8-10). An unruled melancholy spirit is a devilish curse (Pr 15:15; Jas 3:14-16).

But for those justly cast down, you have someone deserving attention and affection. A heavy heart carries weighty burdens that make it stoop; it is a soul pressed down by cares, circumstances, and troubles. King Lemuel’s mother suggested wine to help (Pr 31:6-7)!

Think of this wine! Mary Magdalene, a sinful woman Jesus had forgiven, was crying after finding her Lord’s tomb empty. But a Man appearing to be the gardener said, “Mary.” With one good word, she was better and said, “Master.” Read it (Jn 20:11-18).

Think of this wine! Zechariah was a prophet to encourage Jews that returned to rebuild Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity in Babylon. He saw a vision of a great angel asking God when He would be merciful to Jerusalem. God answered with “good words and comfortable words,” which lifted Zechariah to a great message of hope (Zech 1:12-17).

It is cruel to dance around those cast down. It is like taking away a coat in cold weather (Pr 25:20). This cheap affection does more harm than good. “Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,” are good words; but men with real burdens and sad hearts need more (Pr 14:10; 15:13; 17:22; 18:14). Weep with them instead of dance (Rom 12:15; I Cor 12:26).

A book of the Bible describes Job’s three self-righteous friends, who did not have a good word to gladden his heavy heart. Instead, they joined together in accusing him of hypocrisy. No wonder he called them miserable comforters. But many often follow their lead and blame trouble on God’s judgment, though it may only be an affectionate trial.

When did you last compliment someone directly and sincerely? How often do you do it? A kind thought about another not expressed – is worthless! If you have a good thought about someone, tell them! How much better would the world be if people complimented those deserving it? How much would righteous men be encouraged in righteousness?

Bearing one another’s burdens fulfills the law of Christ (Gal 6:2), and it might be as easy as an encouraging word. This includes comforting the feebleminded, which may be the result of a heavy heart (Ps 38:1-22; I Thess 5:14). If you are strong in the Lord, it is your duty to look for those who are weak and help them (Rom 15:1-3). Say something kind!

Solomon’s proverbs have been read for 3000 years. But no one could communicate so easily and freely over any distance as you can by phone, email, text, Facebook, tweet, etc. When you give an account to God, He will remind you (Luke 12:48; Rom 14:10-12).

The tongue has power of life or death; godly saints use it for health and life (Pr 12:18; 15:23; 16:24; 18:21; 27:9). Only a pinch of salt – criticism or rebuke – should flavor a wise man’s gracious words (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6). The goal is to edify, or build up, one another, as Jonathan built up David, when he was hiding in the woods (I Sam 23:16).

If you gladden a sad heart by a good word, you lay another brick for eternal life. Heaven is a free gift by God’s grace for His people, but you can assure your heart and increase your confidence of it by kindness to others (I Tim 6:17-19; I Jn 3:14-19; Heb 6:10).

Increase life expectancy and success by a good word to your parents (Eph 6:2-3). Secure your children’s obedience by a kind word (Col 3:21). Enhance your love life by a tender word to your spouse (Gen 34:3). Thank your boss by a good word (I Tim 6:1). Encourage a policeman (Rom 13:7; I Pet 2:17). Uplift your pastor by a word to him (I Thes 5:12-13).

Jesus during His life comforted and encouraged many, because God had given him a wonderful gift of speech “that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” (Is 50:4). As He carefully placed himself to comfort Mary with a single word after His resurrection (Mark 16:9), you should think of someone right now you could lift.

Angels comforted and strengthened Jesus Himself several times, especially when His spirit was greatly troubled in Gethsemane (Mark 14:33-34). He sends His Spirit to comfort you, when you humble yourself before Him and cry for help. Follow His holy example and use the good words of His good Word to make many sad hearts glad!

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Proverbs 12:3 A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.   

To be established means to be successful.  Real success comes only to those who do what is right.  Their efforts stand the test of time.  Then, what kind of success does wickedness bring?  We all know people who cheated to pass the course or to get a larger tax refund-is this not success?  And what about the person who ignores his family commitments and mistreats his workers but gets ahead in business?

These apparent successes are only temporary.  They are bought at the expense of character. Cheaters grow more and more dishonest, and those who hurt others become callous and cruel.  In the long run, evil behavior does not lead to success; it leads only to more evil.  Real success maintains personal integrity.  If you are not a success by God’s standards, you have not achieved true success.

Life is full of change. Little is fixed and stable. Change can be disruptive and fearful. But godly men have deep roots to secure their family tree for the future. Wicked living is popular, but it will not work for long, since God will destroy such men and their families.

The lesson is simple: godly men and their families will outlast the wicked and theirs. It may not seem so for a time, but it will soon be true. God and Solomon gave you a rule as true as gravity, and they repeated it for emphasis (Pr 2:21-22; 10:25,30; 12:19; 24:3).

Every man, woman, and family wants to be settled and successful. They want to be securely planted and prosperous into the future. They want to increase and improve over time. But wickedness of any kind, continued in, will cause a person or family to decay and disappear. Only godliness can preserve and establish a man or family permanently.

Solomon saw it firsthand. Israel’s first king was Saul of Benjamin. Though a giant among men, with the nation behind him, and successful in war, God ripped the kingdom from him for disobedience and gave it to David of Judah. Saul and his family, even the princely Jonathan, disappeared forever. What about David’s family? His Son Jesus sits on David’s throne today, 3000 years after David died! Grasp this proverb and rejoice in it!

What is the outlook for you and your family? If there is sin in either, the Lord will root one or both out and destroy it. The righteous Lord blesses and honors righteousness, but He will be forward (Difficult to deal with) and terrible to the froward (Ps 18:20-26). The choice is yours, and it is a choice you make each day. What is your future? Your choices today determine it!

Abraham and Lot made choices. Lot chose financial advantage over holiness by pitching his tent toward Sodom. Abraham chose peace and the leftovers. But what happened? Lot lost everything and ended up in a cave with two profane and pregnant daughters; Abraham ended up the rich father of Israel and Jesus Christ! What a difference!

Eli was Israel’s high priest. His family could have been priests forever. But he would not stop his perverse sons. What did the Lord say? “For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” (I Sam 3:13). See also I Samuel 2:27-36 and I Samuel 3:1-18. If you are not a proactive and strong father to command your family, you are going down.

David was the neglected eighth son, but the Lord rooted Saul out and established David and his sons as the dynasty in Israel. His Son sits on the throne of the universe today! God said to David, “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever” (II Sam 7:16). Read II Samuel 7.

David wrote, “I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found” (Ps 37:35-36). Alexander the Great thought he was invincible, but he died at 32; in a few years every relative and descendant was dead. God rooted him out of the earth! Joseph Kennedy imagined a powerful political dynasty for his family. Where is it today?

The wicked do estate planning, but God will destroy them. The righteous seems weak, but God will preserve his house and seed forever. Do you believe this law of life? “Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies” (Ps 112:6-8).



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Proverbs 12:22 The LORD detest lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful

You can be a delight to God today. What a precious proverb! If God delights in you, your future has no bounds. How can you easily obtain God’s favor? By honesty and truth in your dealings! Simply speak the truth and be a man of your word. You will have opportunities today to choose between lying and truth. Embrace honesty and integrity!

God hates liars (Pr 6:16-19). Do not ever think otherwise. All liars shall have their part in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). There are no liars in heaven (Rev 22:15). Liars are an abomination to the LORD. He will destroy liars (Ps 5:6). He loves men of truth, and He delights in them. God will judge all liars, but He will bless men who deal truly.

The LORD Jehovah, the only living and true God, is a God of truth. Moses wrote of Him, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deut 32:4). While nothing is too hard for the LORD, He cannot lie; it is impossible for Him to lie (Titus 1:2; Heb 6:18).

Lying originated with Satan, the devil himself. God made him a rational creature – a very high-ranking angel. He chose to rebel in pride against the Most High God. For this profane and rebellious sin, he was thrown out of his office in heaven. He came and lied to our first parents, deceiving Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. He is a liar and the father of lying; when you tell a lie, you submit to him and honor him as your father (John 8:44).

When something is an abomination, it is disgusting and hateful. When you abominate something, you abhor, detest, and loathe it. God abominates lying – He finds it abhorrent, detestable, and loathsome. He considers lying disgusting, and He hates it with holy hatred. He loves truth, honesty, integrity, sincerity, and the men who love these things.

Ananias and his wife Sapphira were members in the church at Jerusalem. They sold some property and gave a large offering to the apostles. But they lied in keeping back some for themselves. What did the blessed God do about this fudging of the facts? He killed them both in the church (Acts 5:1-11). Do not even think about compromising truth!

God expects more than just telling the truth; He demands your dealings to be in truth. This is honesty in speech and action. All conduct should be governed by integrity and sincerity. You should say exactly what is right and true, and you should do it completely. Reject exaggerating or modifying facts at anytime, and then perform exactly what you said. You can and should be known as a person of perfect integrity in word and deed.

God’s blessing, which makes huge differences among men, is promised to those who are honest and true. David wrote, “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (Ps 34:12-13). Peter then quoted it, “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (I Pet 3:10).

A family can only be blessed when lying and liars are rejected (Ps 101:1-8). A church can only be blessed when hypocrites and liars are exposed and eliminated (Ps 144:11-15). But when God delights in either a truthful family or church, He will bless them graciously and generously. This is one of the simplest means for obtaining God’s blessing and favor in your life. Choose to make honesty and integrity very important at home and at church.

Children must learn to hate lying, so parents must teach them. The Bible says they are born liars (Ps 58:3). Honest and observant parents know this to be true. Children must be taught the importance of truth and punished severely for lying. Conversations must be checked for confirmed truth without exaggeration. Do not allow your children to speak without verifying facts to be certain and provable and to limit their words accordingly.

Lying and truth are significantly different to God, and He will make a tremendous variation in how He treats men based on their degree of honesty. What an opportunity for God to delight in you! What an opportunity for you to distinguish yourself before God and men! Starting now, replace all deception and exaggeration with total truthfulness. Who knows what God will do when He delights in you for your honesty and integrity!