Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (16th September, 2015)

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Bible, Bible Commentary, Christianity, Religion
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September 16th, 2015


by Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Timothy 4: 1-8

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

1 Timothy 4:2

One thing I’m sure about is that many Christians do not know the effect that lies have on their lives. This is because lying is probably the commonest sin of all. Big lies, small lies, spoken lies, unspoken lies and half-truths are all lies.

I once asked a congregation,”How many of you have been involved in the sin of  lying?” Almost all the people present raised their hands. People simply do not know the damaging effect of lies on their souls.

The first damaging effect of lies is that it sears your conscience. You see, your conscience is the measuring rod that keeps you in line with God. Your conscience is the still small voice that tells you when you are wrong. When your conscience is damaged, you no longer have that correcting and refining influence to keep you on the right track.

People with seared consciences are known to have committed terrible crimes against humanity. They are past feeling, and no longer care whom they hurt or offend.

A Christian without a good conscience is like a nation without a police force. That Christian will commit greater and greater sins. He will start from “white” lies to “small” lies and then graduate to “bigger” lies. From there, he may actually begin to indulge in criminal acts.

The church abounds with such Christian liars. Some unbelievers even have a better conscience than some Christians. Decide not to be a Christian liar.


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