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Lies Come From Evil. A Commentary on Matthew 5:37

But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.

– Matthew 5:37

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

The Lord hates those say lies to deceive God. However, we tell too many lies in our daily life unconsciously and involuntarily. For example, we always say something not related to our interests when we talk with our sisters and brothers. If we commite serious transgressions, we will avoid communicating with others, lest they look down upon us. When we get along with others, we tell lies in order to protect our images and vanity; sometimes, we tell lies to satisfy our own fleshly interests and achieve our aims … Since we are not able to tell the truth, much less to be honest in words.

Then how should we solve the problem of telling lies? We must pay strict attention to what we say, and begin from practicing speech according to facts. We must be strict and serious about it, and deliever every sentence based on facts. We absolutely cannot violate the conscience. We need to pay attention to reflect upon ourselves, whether we are protecting our personal interests, and whether we have wrong intentions or mixed purposes. If we find any empty words, words that dilute the truth, or inaccurate words, we should take it seriously, practice telling the truth and speaking according to the facts. If we find ourselves lying and deceiving others, we have to face the facts, admit our mistakes, and actually do what God says. We will walk a great step if we carefully treat what we have said and done without any falsity. As the Bible says, “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” (1 Peter 3:10).

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