Flattery

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Proverbs 29:5-6 “A person who flatters his neighbour is spreading a net for him to step into. To an evil person sin is bait in a trap, but a righteous person runs away from it and is glad.”  

Recently a lady walked up to me and started to admire the shiny bracelet I had on my hand. Then she went on to tell me that I look like someone who is fashionable and that she could get me VIP pass to attend an event with her and that I would be an ideal candidate to model brand name items that her company would provide me for free.  She continued to say that I looked like the kind of person she would love to have as a friend and by the end of our conversation we exchanged numbers and she told me that she felt as if we were best friends already.

Needless to say I got carried away in the conversation and all the things she said to me about being fashionable went to my head. When I got home and went though the business material she provided me with I realized that there was a charge of $169 to register with her which she failed to mention in the conversation.  I then realized that she flattered me right into her hands.

I decided not to take up the offer and about two weeks later I saw the same lady again and she stared directly into my face, didn’t exchange a word and just walked on by.  This was the same lady who said she felt like I was her best friend a couple weeks ago.

The same person who inflates you can also deflate you if you allow flattery to get to your head.  This is why flattery must be sipped and not swallowed. There are over 22 Bible verses that speak about flattery because flattery is a form of manipulation.  Men use flattery to gain favours with ladies, sales rep uses flattery to get you to buy and now a day’s even the camera flatters us with the filter and airbrush features that are available.

Proverbs 29:5-6 “A person who flatters his neighbour is spreading a net for him to step into. To an evil person sin is bait in a trap, but a righteous person runs away from it and is glad.”  Know the difference between flattery and honest admiration and be wise to not let either get to your head.

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