Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (NIV)

Welcome to the concluding part of our series on the Lord’s Commandments.

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

Whoever provides an untrue verdict about anyone has sinned against God. Nowadays, people join their friends or offenders to accuse others wrongly just to get a favourable decision. Some judge their fellow humans when they don’t know the reason behind the matter. Whenever we lie and place judgement on others, we are bearing false witnesses. Therefore, “Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you” (James 4:11).

We must also be careful when we claim to be diplomatic. In whatever we do, the truth should be evident. The act of falsehood is forbidden by God even when we try to be innovative about it. Late Billy Graham wrote that “Bearing false testimony carries with it the basic idea of fabrication, which is, to make something up. Exaggeration fits right in with God’s prohibition because any effort to stretch the truth is, in and of itself, a fabrication. When God said, ‘You shall not bear false witness’ (Exodus 20:16), He was definitively pointing to the heart of man, and not even a person’s creativity with the truth is acceptable to God.”

Therefore, do not testify positively or negatively to anything you know nothing about (Proverbs 19:5, 9). As read in today’s Bible reading, be truthful, avoid favouritism and love equally (Ephesians 4:25; Luke 10:27).

10. You shall not covet (Exodus 20:17).

To covet is to desire what does not belong to us. When we gasp for what we are not due for or cannot afford per time, it is covetousness. This can lead to stealing or harming others to get something or attain a position (1 Timothy 6:9-10). Be happy and contented with what you have and be hopeful for tomorrow (Philippians 4:11).


Hymn: Trust and Obey – John H. Sammis (1887)

1. Father, instil Your fear in me to obey Your commands.


1. Engage in a Midnight Praise and Worship to God.


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