Hmmm….Manipulation. Can we be honest?! We ALL have manipulated someone or a situation to gain an advantage at sometime in our lives. But…now that we know better we do better! So let’s all take a look at how we need to continue down the right path toward molding our speech around avoiding manipulation.
DAY 3 – THE MANIPULATING TONGUE
Manipulation is a crafty use if the tongue and a self- perpetuating vice. An awesome story in the bible to read more on manipulation, how it can affect someone’s life and even cause death is the story of Samson and Delilah. This story can be found in Judges chapter 16.
Manipulation is deceptive and attempts to take away a person’s freewill. God’s children must not practice nor tolerate such behavior.
Today meditate on :
Because I am in right standing with God, he surrounds me with favor. Therefore, I have no need to manipulate anyone for personal gain or advantage.
EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE
So….I’m a little late for the day 2 lol but better late than never right!?
Day 2 elaborated more on flattery. I am excited to share what the book said about it with some of my notes and observations in there! Take a look below.
DAY 2 : FLATTERY
THESE PEOPLE…FLATTER OTHERS TO GET FAVORS IN RETURN. (Jude 1:16 NLT)
Flattery : a lie covered in a bed of flowery words. Flattery is lying to someone to gain favor- which can be tangible or intangible. Some people flatter to get a promotion, to gain friends or acceptance among their peers; they even flatter for material things; bags, cars etc. Engaging in flattery is clear evidence that you have a lack of faith in God’s ability to provide favor to you.
God showed Esther favor in Esther chapter 2. He gave Daniel favor with one of the king’s officers in Daniel chapter 1. Joseph found favor in Egypt in Genesis chapters 39-41. If God did it for them….can He not do it for you? Certainly He can!
Let’s define favor.
Take a look at what the encyclopedia defines as favor.
The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English | 2009 | 700+ words | Copyright
fa·vor / ˈfāvər/ (Brit. fa·vour)
• n. 1. an attitude of approval or liking (TOWARD US!)
∎ support or advancement given as a sign of approval: overgenerous preferential treatment: a small gift or souvenir
2. an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual
• v. [tr.] 1. feel or show approval or preference for.
∎ give unfairly preferential treatment to: (<— NOT TOO US BUT FOR US! GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR ENEMIES! THE BATTLE IS HIS NOT YOURS!)
2. inf. resemble (a parent or relative) in facial features: (WE ARE MADE IN HIS IMAGE!)
3. treat (an injured limb) gently, not putting one’s full weight on it. (HE NEVER WILL PLACE ANYMORE ON US THAN WE CAN BARE! )
WOW! That is favor my friends!!! God’s favor is with you daily- and you don’t have to do a thing to gain it. You don’t have to flatter people to find favor with man when God promises He will never leave us or forsake us!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his FAVOR lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Today, meditate on Job 32:21-22 that says : “I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man; for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away” Scripture is very clear on God’s plans for the flatterer. “The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips…” (Psalm 12:3). Now is flattering someone, in which gratification lasts only a moment, REALLY worth being cut off from God’s blessing and favor which last a lifetime?
EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE