"The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a
moment." (Proverbs 12:19)
Truth wears well. Time tests it, but it right well endures the trial. If, then, I have
spoken the truth and have for the present to suffer for it, I must be content to wait. If
also I believe the truth of God and endeavor to declare it, I may meet with much
opposition, but I need not fear, for ultimately the truth must prevail.
What a poor thing is the temporary triumph of falsehood! "A lying lip is but for a
moment!" It is a mere gourd which comes up in a night and perishes in a night; and
the greater its development the more manifest its decay. On the other hand, how worthy of
an immortal being is the avowal and defense of that truth which can never change; the
everlasting gospel, which is established in the immutable truth of an unchanging God! An
old proverb saith, "He that speaks truth shames the devil." Assuredly he that
speaks the truth of God will put to shame all the devils in hell and confound all the seed
of the serpent which now hiss out their falsehoods.
O my heart, take care that thou be in all things on the side of truth, both in small
things and great; but specially, on the side of Him by whom grace and truth have come