Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Spreading Falsehoods – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 28
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Spreading Falsehoods
A false witness is akin to a germ that lands on someone’s body. If it winds up landing in an area where it can be ingested into the body, the whole body will suffer the effects of that germ. Fortunately in most cases, there are antibodies around that will wipe out that germ. Even after it’s dealt with, it may take awhile to recoup from it’s influence on the body.
Such is also true in any given body. Be it a body of coworkers, friends, family, students, or the Body of Christ. A false witness spreading falsehoods, is a danger to any of the above.
Like the germ used in the example above, a spoken falsehood will travel from person to person, till everyone at least knows of the falsehood. Whether or not people believe it is up to them.
People just might believe what is false over the truth. Others may not fully believe the lie, but entertains it seriously enough to damper their faith, or perhaps skew their thoughts toward someone. I think we’ve all seen this in action in the past, anywhere throughout our lives.
Having a perspective as an ex-foreman of a shop of over 60 people, I can tell you right now, that the venom of lies and gossip can stifle productivity, and cause problems between people. That’s one of the reasons that a good attitude is borderline preferable, over someone experienced but harboring a bad attitude.
You can train and teach someone with a great attitude. But when someone with a bad attitude is causing issues in a place of work, it’s cheaper to fire and replace that person, regardless of the experience.Like a germ, that kind of thing left alone will continue to create problems, that will constantly need to be worked out till it’s gone. But then, you need to deal with the aftermath.
That is what the verse above is talking about. The aftermath of what a talebearer, or a false witness leaves behind. Just look at how many religions are based around a false witness, that are thriving today. For we who are saved and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, it is staggering to see, yet not surprising.
That is a view of spreading falsehoods on a grand scale. But regardless the scale, or the amount of people that continue to push a lie or falsehood long after it’s originator is gone, continues the damage. Think of what this does to a small church.
Spreading falsehoods in church, or anywhere else for that matter, isn’t the same as creating them, just repeating them. Either way, it reveals a lack of discernment and spiritual discipline.
In other words, are we the antibodies that will snuff out a germ attacking the body? Or are we a carrier of that germ? The Lord would rather us be the antibody, and not carry a falsehood any further than ourselves.
Relating to spiritual matters, or Biblical issues, we should know the Word well enough to spot falsehoods when they come. Not eager to believe anything we hear, without first testing it against the Word of God. If it’s something of the Lord, and in sync with his Word, then shout from the housetops. But if someone is spreading falsehoods, and we don’t recognize it as such, that falls on our shoulders should we be the ones purveying it.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 15: King James Bible
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defileth not a man.
Matthew 24: King James Bible
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Acts 17: King James Bible
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Thank you for your Word, and the time you spend with us as we go through it. Help us to discern between lies and the truth, what is false and what isn’t. Help us to be knowledgeable in all things Lord, so that when falsehood is presented to us, we know the correct response, that will stop the falsehood in its tracks. Also, give us special wisdom and understanding guided by your spirit, that we can convince a false witness of their error, and cause the purveyor of it to repent if either are even possible Lord. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been able to witness what kind of damage spreading falsehoods can do?
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