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Do you like to be complimented? Most of us do, but have you ever been complimented in a way that made you really uncomfortable?
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
(Proverbs 26:22 ESV)
Is there anything more seductive than being told exactly what you really want to hear about yourself? And is there anything more manipulative than a person who uses words to play on your emotional needs to get the response he wants from you? When we are being told what we want to hear, what we like to hear, we buy into it so fast! It is amazing how smart people are when they are agreeing with me, right? And the danger here is that just as a steady diet of delicious morsels will make you obese fairly quickly, a steady diet of delicious whispers will blow your ego up to oversized proportions even more quickly than your waistline. We like to hear the things about us that please us, just as we are tempted to want to hear bad things about the people who disagree with us. Either way, those “delicious morsels” are easily swallowed and hard to get rid of (just like excess calories), so wisdom calls for careful attention to be paid to the diet of things we listen to lest we find ourselves the willing slaves of manipulators and liars. There is a reason that gossip and slander, and repetition of misleading statements is common practice now—it works on every person who does not guard against such things. Be on your guard!
Lord teach me to listen for truth, to examine what I hear and to be watchful against the manipulations and deceptions of people who seek to gain influence through their words whispered in my ear.
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