The Ten Commandments: Number Nine

6th September

Calling to uplift and not knock down

You must not testify falsely against you neighbour.”

Exodus 20:16

Don’t lie

Lies are cruel and nasty things. They are, as Jesus said, the ‘native language of the enemy’. They’re destructive, can ruin people’s lives and breed so much hatred and bitterness. The root of this commandment was falsely accusing someone of something in a legal context, so as to condemn an innocent person for gain. Sadly the same things are happening thousands of years after God first gave this commandment to Moses. It even happened when Jesus was on trial. The Pharisees tried to “find witnesses to lie about Jesus, so they could put Him to death” (Matthew 26:59), which of course was their aim all along.

As believers, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to act and live in the opposite spirit. Instead of falsely accusing someone, or breeding lies about something, we are instead called to speak life and truth. We are called to “encourage each other and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11a). Paul again challenges the New Testament believers in Romans 14:19 to live in “harmony in the church and try to build each other up.” Living in the opposite spirit of lies, means that we practically and actively live to thwart the work of lies and replace the lies with truth. We live to extinguish the consequences of lies by showering people with truth. encouragement, grace and love. We live to BUILD EACH OTHER UP not to destroy people and crush them with lies.

Today, as you got about your day, find someone and tell them something encouraging about them. Build them up in truth and grace. Let us act in the opposite spirit of lies and falsehood. Let us practically and actively live to build each other up.