How many times do you think a person lies each day? Once, three times, maybe more? Well, according to "akatoo.com," one person quotes a study done in 2008 by The World Net Daily News.
The survey says the average person tells around 4 lies each day. They range from "small" things like telling people "I'm fine" when you aren't, to the more serious things like "of course I love you!" Other surveys suggest men tell more lies than women, but that hasn't really been verified.
Here's the problem...God abhors any and all lies! In fact, He ranks liars right up there with murderers in some scriptures. In (Revelation 21:8) we read:
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars---their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish."
(Speaking of "lawbreakers" and their demise) "...for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers---and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God..."
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deciet."
(Proverbs 6: 16-17):
"There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him; huaghty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood..."
By now we should have gotten the message. ALL lawlessness is unacceptable to God; to Him, a lie is as bad as murder! If anyone thinks there are degrees of sinfulness, some that are punishable to a lesser degree by God, think again! He is a "perfect" Lord and cannot tolerate ANY sin in His presence. The one who tells a "fib" is like the one who takes a life by murder...
"No, that can't be right" we say. "The 'punishment should fit the crime'." But don't be fooled, that's the way our finite mortal minds see things. In the eyes of a pure, flawless and always just God, there is only one punishment to fit every crime, as all equally violate His law of perfection. Remember the words of (James 2:10), which says:
"For he who keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it."
That's why we are so fortunate to abide in the grace of God through Christ Jesus! The sincere Christian will not be held accountable for his sins, they are covered by the blood of our Savior. His perfect sacrifice redeems our transgressions, and we have eternal life as a result!
However, in appreciation for such impunity, we should always try to live according to the will of our heavenly Father. Of course, most of us can control an urge to cause another physical harm, or heaven forbid murder someone.
But we must try to apply the same sense of restraint to watching our tongues. That includes not only lies, but cursing, bragging, coarse humor, and the like. All of these are equally wrong in God's eyes.
So the next time we are tempted to misuse our tongues, we must try to think twice!