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FLATTERING LIPS

Psalm 12:3-4 “3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaks great things; 4 Who have said, ‘With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?’”

BEWARE

Oh, brothers and sisters, beware of those who boast of themselves or others.  People who are “good talkers” can win a crowd with their words.  We see it all time.  Some politicians are great at it.  Of course, they almost always boast of themselves.  Lawyers are skilled at influencing jurors with their side of the argument.  Even preachers can use their words (instead of God’s) to sway a congregation.

We are warned about their motive. They say, “Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”  They truly believe no one is over them.  What they say goes.  Their tongue is their weapon of choice.  Beware! If someone pays you unsolicited compliments, step back about 10 feet and ask yourself what they really want.

TEACHING MOMENT

What is my point?  We should only boast in the Lord! He is the only one worthy of praise, not ourselves or others.  Teach your children that.  Boasting and bragging is not really flattering at all.  It is conceited and obnoxious.  It drives people away.  Don’t let your children get into this habit.

Teach your children to direct all praise about them upward.  Give credit where credit is due.  It is God who gives us the abilities to perform well.  He gifts us with strong minds or bodies.  When we see others excelling, praise God for their achievements, even if they don’t.

Are you boasting about yourself? Are you bragging on your kids too much? Let the Lord do the exalting.  He is quite capable to making these things known if they are worthy.  Humbleness is rewarded in due time.  Let the Lord boast on you.

Lord, the song says, “O Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.”  I know that is not true.  Help me show the other side – humility – each and every day.

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