*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*WHEN TRUTH IS TURNED INTO A LIE (3)*
Matthew 15:8 *This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Let your heart indite a good matter.
Let your heart overflow with goodly matter.
Jesus teaches here that there are people who honor Him with their lips (which is another word for the mouth), but their hearts are far from Him.
In Matt 15:7, Jesus called them *".......hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you:*, (ref Isaiah 29:13).
It is good to see people who say what is right. It is, however, bad that they do not do the right thing.
Many people's honor, praise to God, and other people are restricted to their mouths.
The move of God is not restricted to our mouth. It must extend to our hearts.
When the heart is evil, the only alternative is to utter deceptive praise and honor through the mouth.
If, however, the heart is pure, Ps 33:1 says praise from the upright is beautiful. *Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.*
A person could preach holliness yet be living in sin.
An area where God's truth is turned to a lie could also be seen in the life of Job and his three friends.
Job's friend said Job was suffering because he had done something wrong. They got a few things right (Job 2:11-13) ,and truly, people suffer for doing wrong, but in Job's case, their assertions did not accurately reflect the character of God.
It is ironic that Job's friends were saying some things that are true, but in respect to Job's character, their assertions were not the truth.
While they were saying somethings that were true of some other people, these were lies against innocent Job.
They were actually lying against him.
It is true that some troubles we are having today are as a result of sin, but this is not the truth in all cases.
Job's friends got it all wrong.
Job's troubles were not attributed to his sins.
The trials Job endured were not related to his behavior. Instead, God used the sufferings as a test and as part of His sovereign plan in Job’s life
We must never assume, as his friends did, that troubles are the sure sign of God’s judgment (cf. John 9:1–3).
No wonder God condemned them, Job 42:7.
David pronounced judgment of death on the man in the parable of Nathan. What David said was true according to Moses' law, but he was not living or ruling by the same law, 2 Sam 11:14-17.
At that moment, David turned God's truth into a lie.
Becareful of anyone who tells you something different from what his/her heart is saying.
We must be careful when we counsel people in challenges. We must be careful we are not changing God's truth into a lie.
*Call to Word action.*
This is why God wants judgment made exclusively by Himself because in judging others, some have misjudged and exchanged the truth for a lie, Matt 7:1.
*The Christian clarion duty.*.
People who justify your repeated and unrepentant sinfulness in the name of grace are changing God's truth into a lie.
Lord, help me as l do what is true and the truth in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day
God bless you.