When we swear to tell the truth in a court of law or raise our right hand to uphold an oath of office or make a holy vow in matrimony—it should be perceived more than a formality. Some people can swear on the Bible, knowing they have no intentions of maintaining their sworn obligations if those commitments interfere with their personal plans.
Don’t play with fire!
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44).
I do solemnly swear?
When we make a pledge, that’s not a mindless act in God’s courtroom. Therefore, before we flippantly say, I Do, we had better understand there are consequences attached when we purposefully neglect to uphold our end of the bargain. In Ecclesiastes 5:5, Solomon cautions not to make promises then not keep them.
It’s far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it. (LAB)
From our lips to God’s ear!
Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight (Proverbs 12:22).
The world views lying as a convenient manipulating tool. Have you noticed we’re living in a swamp of falsehoods? It’s like watching a “who can tell the most whoppers” contest? However, in this matchup, the winners are the losers.
Ask the Holy Spirit to expose the liars.
For those of us who still value honesty, the devil would like for us to think lying has been downgraded to a minor misdemeanor of sins. Contrary to this misnomer, no sin is a marginal offense. God is against all unrighteousness—all forms of lying included. (See Romans 1:18.)
Pray for the Holy Spirit to expose the fabricators—then have the faith to believe Him when He points them out.
Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
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