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Exodus 20:16 - You shall not give false testimony

NIV You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
KJV Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
NASBYou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16


Lying distorts reality. We give a false testimony, or tell a lie about something, to change someone's perception. It may be a person's opinion of us, our abilities or strength. It may be to change their perception of another person. Either way, we are trying to be "God" in the situation. We are actually taking control over another person's mind and emotions when we tell lies. Lying is an offense to God because he has commanded that we have no other gods before him-including us! If we believe and trust God to love and care for us in all things, we never have to lie to try and manipulate the circumstances. We only lie because we do not believe God is big enough to handle a given situation, so we take control of people and things with our words. We act like we are God in the situation. Trust that God is 'large and in charge' of everything in your life. Allow him to be your defender and you will no longer need to lie.

Today's Commentary by:
Caesar Kalinowski, Pastor, Soma Communities