Charming Words

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 1:1-3:15, Hebrews 3:1-19, Psalm 104:1-23, Proverbs 26:24-26

Daily Verse: “Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;” Prov. 26:24

Charming words.

Slick talkers hide their emotions well. Watch a soap opera, and you will witness people concealing their hatred with flattering speech. Manipulators know how to use words to their advantage and easily deceive those they dislike into thinking they care.

Unfortunately, I have fallen for pretty words more times than I’d like to admit. People recognizing my naivete used it to their advantage, both men and women. Believing their manipulative words cost me much heartache and taught me lessons I’ve never forgotten.

When someone takes advantage of you with their words, learn the lesson and keep going. Don’t let them pull you down. One day, liars will stand before the Lord and answer for the lies they spread.

God exposes the truth. People who deceive with their lips will fall. Jesus came to give us life in abundance; the devil will do anything to keep us down. In Christ, we find victory and truth. Stick close to Christ, and He protects you from those who would deceive you.

Lord, protect us from those who would do us harm. Please help us identify lies when people tell them. Let us recognize the nudges from the Holy Spirit and not fall for false flattery and manipulative words. IJNIP. Amen

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