A Flattering Tongue and Lying Mouth Pt. 1

Everyone likes to be flattered. We all like compliments and want to be built up, but the Bible say too much flattery will lead to ruin. I was amazed when I found this scripture and as I studied it I realized that the danger of flattery is that it gives us a false impression of ourselves. No, I am not saying we should tear people down, but constant flattery is a trap that leads to ruin. Here is what the scripture says:

Proverbs 26:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Let’s look at the definition of ruin:

Verb (used with object)

10.

to reduce to ruin; devastate.

11.

to bring (a person, company, etc.) to financial ruin; bankrupt.

12.

to injure (a thing) irretrievably.

13.

to induce (a woman) to surrender her virginity; deflower.
So constant flattery will devastate you and injure irretrievably!!! This is what the Bible says.This scripture blew my mind because I realize that constant flattery is the work of the enemy. I was so intrigued by this verse that I looked up some commentary and the Matthew Henry Commentary said the following:

There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.

Isn’t that amazing!! A WISE MAN will be more AFRAID of a flatterer than a slanderer. So a flatterer is more dangerous than a liar. But actually I would run from both. I have encountered people who I caught in lies and they just continue to lie even though they have been found out. Now that to me is dangerous and guess what? A flatterer is worse.

I told a story on here once about meeting a man and within 15 minutes he went into a barrage of flattery. I mean, I was the best thing since sliced bread and yada, yada, yada. And guess what?? It kind of worked. I actually called the guy because it fed something in me. But I realized immediately that this man didn’t know me. I think it was a trick of the enemy.And the enemy knows what we are susceptible to.

I also think it’s interesting that the Bible puts flattering lips a lying tongue together, but you can pretty much figure out why. When people flatter you all the time, they end up lying to you. First of all a flatter wants something from you. They have a hidden motive. And if they have a hidden motive, they will also lie to you to get it..A flatterer will say one thing to your face and say another thing behind your back and that makes them a liar.

We must give people time to reveal who they really are, especially if they are constantly flattering us, which the bible says ends in ruin.

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