DANGERS OF FLATTERY
Psalms 12:1-8 (3) – May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue— (NIV)
Whoever flatters does not have people’s interest at heart because insincere praise is like digging a pit for others to fall. But, the one who reproves when required, is demonstrating love and will be valued because the truth is always beneficial (Proverbs 28:23). Therefore, it’s important to note the risks involved when we sweet-talk or get flattered.
1. Flattery is a sin (Jude 1:16; Romans 16:18)
2. A flatterer has hidden motives to deceive people while he sets a trap (Proverbs 16:2; 29:5)
3. Flattery is a tool for seduction–youths be beware! Anyone who overpraises you because he wants to marry you does not love you (Proverbs 7:21-23)
4. The purpose of flattery can be to disgrace and destroy. For example, David’s enemies so much engaged in flattery to crush him (Psalms 5:8-9).
Beloved, we need the Holy Spirit to discern (1 John 4:1) and run from the lips that over-hype! (Proverbs 26:28). Flattery is neither a form of communication nor encouragement; instead, it is manipulation. God is never at peace with this deceitful act. Therefore, as read in our Bible reading, He will silence every mouth that flatters (Psalms 12:3). If need be, repent!
Hymn: I want to be like Jesus — Deacon L. J Bates (1926)
1. Father, preserve me from the sweetness of flattery and eliminate falsehood from my heart.
2. Lord, keep me humble and give me good friends!
1. Lord, please give me speed and accuracy in (mention)
2. Wherever I have lost touch of Your glory and power, Father, please restore me!
DAY 4 OF THE RCCG CONVENTION!
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