They take pleasure in falsehood. As we approach this topic, consider two possible ways to apply the biblical truths we will discuss to your heart. T hey delight in telling lies about me. He said that those who desire to keep their lives now will lose them Luke 17:33 and that, if we love anyone more than Him, we are not worthy of Him Matthew 10:37—39. Friend, do you use graceful speech which cannot be evil spoken of, or do you possess a piercing tongue? Christian, don't expect God's blessings when your mouth is filled with cursing. Adulation is a venial sin when it only seeks to be agreeable, to avoid evil, to meet a need, or to obtain legitimate advantages. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them.
The Overused Tongue Some people sin by simply overusing their tongue. For if while observing other due circumstances one were to wish to please a by praising him, in order thereby to console him, or that he may strive to make progress in , this will belong to the aforesaid of friendship. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Indeed, it was your servant Joab who commanded me, and it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant; in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. Or am I striving to please people? What does the Bible say? Imagine the improvements which could be made in our society if only flattery will be done away with. Not so with giving or receiving flattery.
Overstatement of even true things is not uncommon when flattery is play. Accuracy is not the point of the flattering words—getting a certain desired response is. Flattering can be viewed in opposition to complimenting. Flattery is used here by the ungodly to hide iniquity. Two people can say the same thing, but based upon what intentions are in the heart, one can be genuinely complimenting someone and another person can be flattering. It will ultimately destroy what is in its path.
It makes for warm and wholesome appreciation one for another. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Titus 2:8 commands us to use sound speech which cannot be condemned. This truth is confirmed in A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. To please or gratify the vanity of. .
How often someone using flattering speech has caused another to fall into sexual immorality. As His followers, we should be careful to do likewise. Nothing hinders two vices being contrary to one another. Notice also the contrast between simplistic flattery and the faithful rebuke of a true friend. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. It encourages striving for praiseworthy goals.
But my lord is wise, like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth. He spoke in love, but He never resorted to flattery for personal gain. Or has he given us any gift? I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply. Nothing hinders two being contrary to one another. Complementing is sincere and unselfish, but enemies flatters with their lips, but have ill.
It disguises reality, even to the point that the person is fooling himself. People curse because their life is miserable. In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. No room for flattery here—only the raw truth. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they. When we receive such compliments, we may wonder whether they are really sincere and truthful or whether they are simply meant to please us without necessarily being believed by the speaker.
Among those who are disfellowshipped from the Christian congregation each year, many are removed for immoral conduct. God curses those who curse! God saved Daniel, and the evil men were cast to the lions. Talebearing carrying and telling tales spreads all sorts of hurtful information around, and Satan uses such information to hinder and tear down God's work. Bonus Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
The sinner hath provoked the Lord. We flatter that kind of person all the time. Proud- tongued Christians are generally so full of themselves that they learn very little from anyone else. A compliment is intended to benefit the recipient, whereas flattery benefits the flatterer. A person who flatters seeks to gain approval or recognition for their words. This is a cowardly backbiter who would rather stir up problems than solve problems. It is motivated by selfishness.