March 8, 2019

Proverbs 26:22 (NLT) — 22 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.

The danger of a rumor is that it can sink as deep into one’s heart as the truth. And now it takes great willingness and effort to separate the two. In fact the rumor has a very good chance of being believed as the truth. Rumors get passed on by lazy hard hearted gossipers who will not take the time and effort to find out the truth; they just open their mouths and spew out what is in their hearts not caring at all what harm might be caused. The sinful nature has an enormous appetite for gossip we Christians must let it starve. An example of rumors being dainty morsels and the damage they can do was evident in the accusations the Christine Blakely Ford brought against Brett Kavanaugh. We still don’t know what was the truth and what was a lie but the Kavanaugh family suffer greatly for it. Everything should have been thoroughly checked out before it became national headlines, but it wasn’t and it came across as the truth.

Proverbs 26:23 (NLT) — 23 Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

As they say, “All that glitters is not gold.” The glaze over the clay pot makes it look valuable but inside it is worthless. The same goes for a smoothed tongue wicked person. On the outside they look and sound good but on the inside they are worthless. Think of those who lure little children to come with them. Or those who scam others out of money. Or the guy who sweet talks the girl into having sex. These people are all glazed pots or knock off rolex’s or designer handbags.

What about me, do I say what people want to hear so they will like me? Do I give people compliments so that I can get something from them?

Proverbs 26:24 (NLT) — 24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you.

Think of Satan to Eve and Judas when he kissed Jesus. Am I being honest in my conversations? Why do I dislike that person; is it because of what they have done or because of what they have that I don’t?

Proverbs 26:25 (NLT) — 25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.

They are filled to the brim with evil. I want to be kind like Jesus. I don’t want to pretend. Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.

Proverbs 26:26 (NLT) — 26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

Good eventually triumphs over evil. Keep living for Jesus. Keep obeying the scriptures. Never give up. Don’t grow weary in doing well. Your labor for Jesus is not in vain. Keep speaking and modeling the Word of God.

Proverbs 26:27 (NLT) — 27 If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.

This verse gives me great joy and hope as I look out over a world filled with injustice and wickedness. It looks like the dark side might be winning but this verse assures us that they will get crushed by their own evil plans. Thank you Jesus! Three good exampls of this verse are: King Adoni Bezek > Judges 1:6-7, Haman > Esther 7:10, Daniel’s enemies > Daniel 6:24-28.

Proverbs 26:28 (NLT) — 28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.

Hatred has so engulfed this person that he feels justified in telling lies about the person who offended him. His own emotions are lying to him. So he also is the victim of his own lies! He is a ruined person that wants to ruin others. Hurt people hurt people.
As the Psalmist said, In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.” Psalm 36:2

Flattery is a kind word for lying just like the word ‘affair’ is a smoothed over word for ‘adultery’. The end result is that people are ruined.

Wow the word of God is so full of wisdom!

Be Inspired Hilltop!