DO NOT FLATTER!
Proverbs 28:23 – In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery. (NLT)
Whenever we excessively praise someone for motives of self-interest, it is flattery. But God does not want us to sweet-talk or deceive others because there are imminent risks attached to it (Proverbs 29:5). Studying the life of Christ, He was an epitome of uprightness. With wisdom, He addressed things the way they were. His mission wasn’t to please man; therefore, at every opportunity He had, He revealed people’s true nature which moves them to repentance (John 4).
How many souls have you consciously or carelessly destroyed by your insincerity? (Psalms 12:1-8). Perhaps, people have placed you as a moral standard, but rather than advise or reprove them when necessary, you pamper and sugar-coat their wrongs (2 Timothy 4:2-5). Indeed, God is unhappy with anyone who flatters; and unfortunately, many parents, Christians and friendships are guilty of this sin!
Beloved, are you a flatterer? If yes! You must repent and be subjected to Jesus. Always be led of the Holy Spirit so that whenever people (including the leaders) needs correction, you won’t praise them for earthly rewards. Instead, you will speak the gospel truth and help them make amends, as affirmed by our Bible reading. God is banking on us to put things right, and ‘say it as it is’, to restore the land!
Hymn: Into my Heart – Harry D. Clarke (1924)
1. Holy Spirit, please delete every deception from my heart and actions.
1. Father, please give me boldness and an excellent spirit.
2. Lord, help me to make restitution wherever necessary.
3. My glory, and that of my family, neighbours and the church. Arise and shine!
DAY 3 OF THE RCCG CONVENTION!
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