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They flatter with their lips to get inside information then reveal those secrets to the next victim.

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Friday, July 25th

Today's Daily Verse is found in Proverbs 20.19

" He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips."

When a flatterer lures a person to uncover his secrets, he or she will go to others, and tell them what they have just learned, flattering them in the same way, giving the impression that they are the sole recipients to this "insider" information...

Remember - He or she who gossips to you will gossip about you!

"A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers."

Watch out for that friendship!

  • Until we know what their motives are - be careful how much private stuff you share with anybody
  • Telling the wrong person can become the beginning of "woes"
  • Friendships are precious but how do we know the parasite friend from a true one?
  • The parasite clings to you, and eventually will "sting" you

The most dangerous type of "friend" is the flatterer.  

How to discern a flatterer...

  • They play on our vanity
  • They uncover our character flaws and play on those
  • The flatterer seeks to enter into our emotions
  • They offer "sincere" sympathies to gain a foothold
  • They cannot tell the truth, even with simple things
  • You can never pin a flatterer down

Flatterers use your position of power, and responsibility to isolate and sympathize when times of stress make you vulnerable. They show up in times of need.

True friends...

  • will always speak the truth
  • are not jealous of your success because they have success themselves
  • They speak the truth no matter what your response may be
  • they will never desert you and seek to help in any way

The false friend...

  • may praise you to your face
  • will talk about you behind your back
  • their critical eye of you is very subtle
  • they are jealous
  • in telling you about another person, they start their influence on you!
  • you have just become their next victim...
  • they take secret pleasure in seeing you dragged through the mud

The danger sign?

  • do you get all puffed up with flattery?
  • do you know the basic reason for the friendship?
  • what is the real, unseen motive - to use you, or to unselfishly support you?

How do we deal with the flatterer?

..."meddle not with them"

The safe plan is to refuse to listen to him "that flatterers with his lips"

The Amalekite - where flattery didn't work...

2 Samuel 1.1-16

David Learns of Saul’s Death

1 After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag.

On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.

3 “Where have you come from?” David asked. “I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.

4 “What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.” The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”

5 “How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.

6 The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him.

7 When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.

8 “He responded, ‘Who are you?’ “‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

9 “Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’

10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”

11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news.

12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.

13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?” And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”

14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.

15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him.

16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”

Flattery and lies got this man killed.

Flattery kills relationships.

Be a "true friend" by telling the truth only and always...

See you tomorrow...

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