Hypocritical Speech

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Daily Reading: Lamentations 4:1-5:22, Hebrews 2:1-18, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 26:23

Daily Verse: “Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.” Prov. 26:23

Hypocritical speech.

Covering a clay jar with beautiful glaze makes it look dazzling, but underneath, it remains clay. In the same way, saying the right things makes one look good to others but covers an evil heart.

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, became a billionaire defrauding investors. Dropping out of Stanford during her sophomore year of college, she convinced wealthy friends to invest in her company, centered on developing a better and faster way to collect and test blood in the field. Now serving an eleven-year sentence in prison, having lost the company and money, you can watch Holmes’s story in the Hulu docuseries, “Drop Out.”

Holmes mastered the art of glazing a clay jar with her words. Young and ambitious, she did and said the right things to get what she wanted while knowing the product didn’t work. Smooth words covered an evil heart, and wise people fell for her ploys.

Following Jesus will help us find the path of truth. If the Holy Spirit nudges you when someone tells you something, take the time to find out why. Ask God for direction, and He will provide it.

Lord, forgive us for hypocritical speech. As we move through our days, let us become sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s direction, following the nudges and not falling for deceptive words. Protect us from those who would do us harm. IJNIP. Amen

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