Thursday, November 21, 2013

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 13:5-6

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wise Attitudes: Truthfulness: Proverbs 13:5-6
5) A righteous [man] hateth lying: but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6) Righteousness keepeth [him that is] upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.


5) A righteous [man] hateth lying: but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
1.  A lawful upright man calls lying his enemy, because he understands the results of deceit on his life and service to Christ.

I hate and abhor lying: [but] thy law do I love.   (Psalms 119:163)

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.  (Ephesians 4:25)

2.  A sinful man is offensive and repugnant to those around him and possess an end of public humiliation.

Truth telling enhances the righteous man’s testimony for Christ and gains respect from others.  The lies of a wicked man result in public shame and a harmed testimony when the deceit comes to light.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.   (Daniel 12:2)

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:7-8)

6) Righteousness keepeth [him that is] upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
1.  Choosing obedience to Christ (truth telling) will being protection and blessings to those who are innocent as they live life on earth.

O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.   (Psalms 25:20-21)

A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. [He that] sweareth to [his own] hurt, and changeth not.  [He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved.   (Psalms 15:1-5)

2.  Choosing disobedience to Christ (a deceitful life) will overtake those who fail to please Him.
The choice we have before us is to live lives of truthfulness or deceit.  The blessings are many to those who choose truthfulness and is a mark of those eternally secure in Christ.  The results of living a life of deceit is heinous and will display to all the deceitful is headed for eternal ruin.

Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.  Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow [him].  I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, [and] the right of the poor.  Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.   (Psalms 140:10-13)


The type of lifestyle that we live, honesty or deceit, is a very important issue that cannot be overemphasized.  An honest lifestyle is a strong indicator of a close relationship with the Lord and evidence of the possession of eternal security in Him…. What does our lifestyle tell us about our spiritual relationship with Him?

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:   (Colossians 3:8-10)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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