Deception Self Destructs… “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will fall back on him.” Proverbs 26:27
Moreover, the amount of energy it takes for sly schemes to be created is breathtaking. But when a man or women’s heart is changed by Christ that same amount of effort can be exerted toward eternal matters. It’s Jesus that jump-starts a soul out of self- deception to faith’s fulfillment. If not, deception’s destiny may be that of Haman’s who hung on the gallows of his making, “So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided” (Esther 7:10). Deception can be deadly.
So how do you handle people intent on conniving and deceiving? They could be a bully who uses their position to promote themselves to the demise of their team members. It may be an adult child who maliciously seeks to cut their siblings out of their parent’s will. Or it may be outright stealing from a partner you thought walked in integrity. First, make sure you are free from any self-imposed deception. Come clean with Christ and others.
Secondly, Christ-like confrontation is necessary to expose a deceiver’s agenda. Go to them with gentleness and humility with the goal of restoration, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). If there is still no remorse, deception carries a consequence of its own. Am I aware and repentant of my own devious tendencies? Am I willing to confront deception in the destructive behavior of someone else?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
September 21, 2021
“You have been made on purpose for a purpose.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 21, 2021 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 There once was a man who netted three trout from a [...]
September 20, 2021
“There will always be a tear in your heart for love never stops loving, but God wipes away your tears with grace and truth.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 20, 2021 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk [...]
September 19, 2021
“Oneness with Jesus leads to oneness with other Jesus followers.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 19, 2021 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:1 Being one in spirit means you have reached a level of [...]