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Friday, October 31, 2014

A Well of Life

Pr 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the 
wicked.

How sweet and pure is the mouth that speaks the truth with love and grace. Not so the mouth of the 
liar.

I hate lies. I didn't always do so, and hid myself especially in my youth. But as time went along I saw 
the wreckage and sorrow that a lie can do to a person, a family, a church, a nation.

Truth is the daughter of time, and eventually the rolling river of time reveals the truth, though it be 
hidden long. Ec 8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of 
man is great upon him.

But until the time and judgment ordained of God, the lie sits as a cancer, eating out the heart and 
destroying the judgment. The liar is very clever, and has a sort of wisdom, that is from beneath, the 
wisdom of the flesh, James calls it [James 3:13-15].

Men make bad decisions, often because of lies that they have been told by others. Relationships are 
destroyed; families and fractured. Churches are poisoned. Nations tumble down by faction and strife. 
And the lie just sits there, spewing out its venom, poisoning the soil all around it.

And the lie must grow. To protect itself it must invade other territory, building walls of defense 
against the truth.

Adam was the first, of course. He believed the lie that he could be as God and create his own reality, 
for that is the hope of every liar. He couldn't of course. Pink Floyd used to sing of "The Wall," but 
there is nothing like the Wall that God's reality erects around the liar. Pr 14:14 The backslider in heart 
shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

As the pure river of truth flows out from the Throne of God, it cleanses hearts of those who believe 
and puts truth in the inner man and on the lips.

Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are 
members one of another.

Ps 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to 
know wisdom
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