Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.
Let’s look at this verse in chunks. We have friends deceiving each other, which means they aren’t genuine friends. No one speaks the truth, which means even other people aren’t coming forward and squashing the deception. They have taught their tongues to lie, which means that before only the truth was spoken, and now through practice and repetition, they have the art and science of lies mastered.
And here’s the last part, they’re worn out from all of the sinning they’re doing. I mean, it is exhausting to invest time and energy in toxic practices. It’s draining having to lie and recall the details of your lie; stealing or cheating and hoping not to get caught; it’s depleting to not rest because you’re surrounded by chaos and confusion. Existing in that space means you’re always on the brink of disaster.
There’s absolutely no peace in sin. There’s no peace when we go against God and go up against the natural order. When we’re doing and saying things that contradict who we are and Who created us, we drain our energy from within. It’s like slapping and punching yourself in the face, just madness and painful.
We don’t want to carry the guilt of being found out, caught, and punished. Yet ironically, we unknowingly punish ourselves by carrying around shame. We don’t realize that we are killing our selves. That trapped energy is cooking us from within.
We try to mask and overshadow things by either being more reckless, living up to the negative rumors about us, or by trying to overcompensate with good, hoping that people will be more impressed with the positive things we do. Either direction is a facade. They’re both attempts to avoid dealing with our mess. We must bring it all to God. Turn over our foolishness to Him. Repent, atone, accept His forgiveness, forgive ourselves, and don’t engage in the sin or reckless act again.
It’s either that or watch everything be destroyed by our recklessness. The choice is ours.
Father, hold my tongue if it begins to utter anything that goes against You. Make me stop before I speak ill towards anyone. Cleanse my mind of reckless thoughts, provide me with the discernment and clarity to identify the toxic from the healthy. Let Your Light serve as my source of guidance and energy; always revealing and constantly recharging me. Heal me Father. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.
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