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February 16 – Lying lips are an abomination to God

“As long as my breath is in me, and the breath of God in my nostrils, My lips will not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.” – Job 27:3, 4 

Scripture reading: Job 27:1-6

Doesn’t this seem like Job was bragging? Shouldn’t we avoid talking like that? We need to understand how language is used. If someone who is going through great pain says, “The pain I’m going through is unbearable,” would you call him a liar? No, he simply meant he was going through great pain, though he could bear it. That’s how you must understand Job’s comment. He lived a life of speaking the truth. He did not lie to hurt others or to get rich. He did not use his lips to promote wickedness nor did he boast about his possessions. When he made a promise, he kept it!

And this is what Job intended to do for the rest of his life.

So how does the world perceive you to be when it hears the words from your mouth? Do you speak the truth without fear? Do you avoid the truth in order to look good? Do you avoid the truth to advance your career or get that promotion at work? Do you remain silent when you see injustice in your home, church, school, workplace or in the halls of parliament? Do you remain silent when you hear all religions are equal? Being silent when you are obligated to speak is to lie.

With Jesus in your life, you are called to reflect the truth to the world. The waters of life should flow from your lips. Because your heart is changed, your love for God and others will make you speak the truth.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that you will be known as a person of truth and that you will understand what truth is by constantly learning from the Word of God.

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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