These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
Even the most expensive brands of lipstick dry, fade, or crack over time. Maintaining the facade of beauty requires careful reapplication. But sooner or later, the true color shows. 'For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known' (Luke 12:2).
In general, women are notorious gossips. 'They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips' (Psalm 140:3). But men can be talebearers, too. 'An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire' (Proverbs 16:27).
The Bible is clear that 'Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord' (Proverbs 12:22). Jesus expands the lip stick warning: 'But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment' (Matthew 12:36). What if gossips 'swear' they are telling the truth?
Only God knows the complete truth. That's His specialty. As for us? We are told neither to judge nor to gossip under any circumstance: 'To malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men' (Titus 3:2).
What if we listen to gossip? 'The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body' (Proverbs 26:22). If you eat these tasty trifles (receive gossip), they seem sweet for a moment. But they sicken your body and taint your lips. God calls you an evildoer and a liar.
'An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue' (Proverbs 17:4). You are guilty by association.
Instead of listening, 'Go from the presence of a foolish man' (Proverbs 14:7). 'Put perverse lips far from you' (Proverbs 4:24).
Because the wrong shade of lip stick is deadly.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lip Stick series.