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Proverbs 19:5 NIV

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.” 

I remember my friend Jim. When we were little, maybe 8 years old, he got into a bit of trouble. As I watched his mom tell him what was coming as punishment he begged her to spank him. She did. Later I asked him why he begged for a spanking. He told me if she spanked him he would avoid his dads much tougher spanking later. Solomon hints at that here. If we get caught in a lie, fess up, take our lumps and repent and reconcile. It will be considerably less painful than the discipline coming from our Heavenly Father for ignoring sin. He lets us know we will be punished, now or later. It’s not that God is harsh. It’s that He loves us too much to let us harbor sin in our lives. Like a good parent, those He loves He disciplines. If lying becomes a habitual way of life there is a bleak future awaiting. God does not thrive on discipline as some believe. His hearts desire is for reconciliation and redemption. Discipline is a tool to bring that about in our lives. When your child lies it breaks your heart and you long to convince them to trust you enough to always tell the truth. When your child is truthful it blesses your heart. We serve a Heavenly Father who has very much the same heart and desire as us. The whole in His image thing. Today be truthful even when it hurts and bless God’s heart. #BeTheEdge

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus

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