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Summary: Flattery is dangerous.

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FLATTERY

OBSERVATION: PROVERBS IS A COLLECTION OF WISE SAYINGS, PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES TO GOVERN A WELL-MANAGED LIFE. SOME SCHOLARS CALL IT “COMPRESSED EXPERIENCE”. PROVERBS IS A QUICK READ BUT LIVING THEM OUT REQUIRES A LIFETIME.

INTERPRETATION: PROVERBS 26:28 (NKJV) A LYING TONGUE HATES THOSE WHO ARE CRUSHED BY IT, AND A FLATTERING MOUTH WORKS RUIN. PROVERBS 26: 28 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE) A LYING TONGUE HATES THOSE WHOM IT HAS WOUNDED AND CRUSHED, AND A FLATTERING MOUTH WORKS RUIN.

POINTS TO PONDER: THE MOTIVE BEHIND INSINCERE FLATTERY IS TO PROMOTE ONES SELFISH INTEREST. IT IS VERY CUNNING AND DIVISIVE.

WINDBAG FLATTERY UNFORTUNATELY HAS A BAD NAME! FOOLISH FLATTERY IS OPPOSED TO THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD. HE IS FOOLISHLY DANGEROUS. HIS FOOLISHNESS WORKS RUIN IN PEOPLES LIVES.

SATAN WAS THE GREATEST FLATTERER OF ALL TIMES. GENESIS 3: 5 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE) FOR GOD KNOWS THAT IN THE DAY YOU EAT OF IT YOU WILL BE AS GOD, KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, AND BLESSING AND CALAMITY.

A FALSE TONGUE PRODUCES NOTHING BUT HEARTACHE. A TONGUE MOTIVATED BY GOD’S WORD PRODUCES PURITY, PEACE, CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS, SUBMISSION, MERCY, SINCERITY AND GOODNESS.

APPLICATION: PROVERBS 16: 23 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE) THE MIND OF THE WISE INSTRUCTS HIS MOUTH, AND ADDS LEARNING AND PERSUASIVENESS TO HIS LIPS. WINDBAG FLATTERY WILL ALWAYS CARRY A BAD NAME. IT IS SELFISH AND DANGEROUS TO THE LISTENING EAR. IT CAN PRODUCE HEARTACHE TO A BELIEVER AND UNBELIEVER! BEWARE!


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