“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, . .” – Titus 1:12
Leadership is destroyed when those who want to be leaders are always liars. This is a characteristic of a gainsayer. This does characterize a carnal or worldly person. He resists things which are spiritual and will falsify matters for his own seeming carnal advantage. To do so, one must utter untruths. Their ideas are contradictory to truth. An obsolete definition includes treachery; and want of fidelity.
The suggestion here is that one would take spiritual concepts and make counterfeit proposals of a worldly nature and attempt to pass them of as being obedient to the Lord. They will try to give an deceptive appearance of spirituality. He invents a falsehood.
Note the difference. Deceivers are mind misleaders. Liars directly utter what is not true.
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Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
Christmas is the season when envy rears its ugly head.
As jealousy, people look at each other. Some family members or friends can do things we cannot do. Because their gifts and talents may be expressive and put them in the public eye more than ours, we can be grieved by their fame or success. Such grief can lead to hatred or desires that they be knocked down. We may use hateful words or actions to accomplish this ourselves. This is wrong.
If we see that others who are sinners seem to be elevated because of their ways, we may be envious of them. Any profit they may seem to gain will eventually work to their fall, even their being cut off. What they seem to have really is not worthy of being envious.
Those who are of a sound heart will find holiness is the focus of their life. Holiness is reflected in a heart. That heart will be serene, mild, unruffled by what goes on about them. There will be a peace of mind within them because they “fear the LORD all the day long.” The focus of their life is upon the LORD. They have not time to allow the activities of sinners or others to capture their longing attention.
Genesis 22:14 “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
The providence of God is all provision, indeed. We need not fret nor worry.
With every command is full provision. We may not be able to see into the future. We are able to be assured that with God, He us sufficient for all.
We may not be able to see, ourselves, exactly how everything is to work out. We are to follow his every wish explicitly even though we do not understand fully. By this we show faith (faithfulness) and we show obedience. We show that we fear our Creator.
The end result is that we also will be able to look back. In looking back we realize that everything really does result in marvelous provision. Gods ways really are the best ways. Our heart is full because we could want no more or anything done in a better way. God’s ways are perfect. His provision and outworking of any event is greater than our ways.