How God Loves Us in the Ninth Commandment

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Episode Synopsis

Jani and Heidi look at the 9th commandment and the importance of truth in our hearts and also in our culture. Why is honesty so hard? How does our truth-loving God help us through this commandment?

Audio Transcript

Key Takeaways

  • The 9th Commandment = Honesty
    • An Example from Jani’s Childhood – stealing led to lying…and cavities!
  • Honesty Stabilizes Relationships
  • Our Culture of Lies
  • The Whole Bible Talks About Honesty
  • “Why do we lie?”
    • Anger or Hurt, Embarrassment, Fear of the Consequences, Self-Exaltation
  • “How can we stop?”
    • Heart-felt love for God.
  • Walking in the Light (confess and admit)


“There are no stable relationships built on dishonesty. Without truth, there’s no trust and without trust, there is no authentic love.”

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“We are liars by nature, and we live in a culture of lies.”

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“God loves us in this command by making truth and purity and honor the foundation of our life together.”

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“My behavior is always rooted in what I believe. Yours is, too. Head knowledge is never enough to stop sin. Only heart love is. You can preach at me as long as you want to about how I should behave, and I might try for a while, but I can’t keep it up. But it is only when the Lord enters in, way down deep into my behavior-management setting in my soul, that I begin to change.”

Jani Ortlund

“Heart-felt love for God is our deepest need.”

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“I need constant daily exposure to the bountiful beauty and enticing love of God over and over again, in Bible study, in teaching and meditation, in Bible memorization, in music, and fellowship, in prayer.”

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Scripture Passages

“…so that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth…”

Isaiah 65:16

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

John 16:13

“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

Colossians 3:9-10

“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:24

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

1 John 1:6-7

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