Memorise Matthew 15:19
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts… false witness…”
The human brain is a very remarkable organ. It contains billions of cells each one interconnected with thousands of other neighbouring cells, constantly exchanging impulses of data. It is far more complex than the most advanced computer system that Man has created, and is capable of truly astounding things. Through human ingenuity and creativity, we have invented and engineered all the modern advances of technology that we are able to enjoy. However, with this brain of ours, we have also devised all sorts of lies, falsehoods and deceptions.
Jeremiah 17:9 describes our heart as being “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked”, and indeed how true it is. As much as we’d like to think of ourselves as honest and upright people, it is likely that we lie in some way or another every single day. In our interactions with our friends and family, how often have we told small lies and half-truths just to cover up little mistakes that we make? We deliberately ignore a call or sms, and we claim to have missed it or forgot about it; we are late because we left the house late, but we give a false excuse citing traffic and other circumstances. Because of our pride and desire to look good in front of others, we are so prone to make excuses when we make mistakes, or to embellish and exaggerate every little achievement that we have. All forms of hypocrisies are also considered lies, as we pretend to be better than we really are, and refuse to deal with the sins in our lives, but instead try to cover them up. In our interaction with others, we desire for them to be pleased with us, so we employ flattery and sweet talk, which is also another form of lying. At other times, we try to put our enemies down, and so we gossip, backbite and spread nasty rumours about them that are maybe only half true. Sometimes, it is not so much about what we say, but what we do not say which also gives false impressions, and that is also considered as bearing a false witness.
So if you think about it, there are really many ways in which our wicked and deceitful hearts and minds conjure up one lie after another, such that we become so adept at building up an image of ourselves that really isn’t true. Dear Teen, is this what is happening in your life?
Thought: Is my pride causing me to deceive the ones I love?
Prayer: Lord, may You search my heart and mind, and purge away the inclination I have to lie and to deceive.