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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Why Knowing the Truth Matters!

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jerimiah 17:9

In Christianity, the heart symbolizes the center or core of our being, from which prayer and all our moral actions originate.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

The heart is the seat of moral personality: “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication” … The “pure in heart” are promised that they will see God face to face and be like him. Purity of heart is the precondition of the vision of God. Even now it enables us to see according to God, to accept others as “neighbors”; it lets us perceive the human body – ours and our neighbor’s – as a temple of the Holy Spirit, a manifestation of divine beauty…Purity of heart requires the modesty which is patience, decency, and discretion. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. (CCC 2517, 2519, 2533)

So our hearts are hidden from everyone except God. Part of learning to properly fear God means we truly understand that He knows our hearts and our sins, we cant hide and we will answer for all our evil and depravity.

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Is a childhood taunt said to someone who is believed to be lying.

We know Satan is The Father of Lies, yet we too are very good at lying and self-deception.

Our hearts meaning our


Awareness of the truth in our hearts requires that we know the truth!

Jesus grew up knowing and studying the Scriptures and he referred to them throughout His earthly life and ministry.

We also should know the Scriptures or should. We live in a time of rampant and unwarranted cynicism about our lives, our families, our churches, and our workplaces. “I will never change. God created me with a short temper.” “My work doesn’t amount to anything. It’s worthless.” “The church is full of hypocrites.” All lies. All of these thoughts, often harbored in our hearts, have corresponding true statements in Scripture. In regard to a short temper, there is the truth that patience is a fruit of God’s Spirit in us and that God is making us holier (Gal. 5:22; Heb. 12:10). In regard to a seemingly irrelevant job, there is the truth that we ultimately work unto Christ—there is no irrelevant work (Col. 3:23–24). In regard to the hypocrisy of the church, there is the truth that the church exhibits sinfulness, but it is holy and growing up into Christ her Head (1 Cor. 5:1–2; Eph. 4). Jesus prayed that His disciples would be sanctified in the truth: “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Know the truth so that the lies you tell yourself have an antidote.

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