Smooth Words and Wicked Heart

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.
Proverb 26:23 (NLT)

We have heard this story before.
Businessman A offers a business deal to businessman B.
Using smooth words, A convinces B.
In the end, A runs away with B’s money.

Whenever we hear smooth words others speak to us, it is always safe to question the intention behind those words.
Are those words genuine or are they a trap?
It is not always easy to detect a wicked heart behind smooth words.
But at least, there are 2 ways we can employ to detect such evil intention.

1. Pray and discern

Remember the Gibeonites of Canaan?
They pretended to have come from a distant country.
With smooth words, they deceived Joshua, convincing him to make peace with them.
How was that possible?

"So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the LORD." (Joshua 9:14, NLT)

After discovering their deception, Joshua condemned them to be woodcutters and water carriers for the Israelites.

A lesson for us.
Always consult the LORD whenever we hear smooth words so we won’t be deceived.
If Joshua himself made that mistake, we are prone to the same mistake.

2. From the fruits.

Lord Jesus taught us how to identify false prophets.

"You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.
Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (Matt 7:16, NLT)"

In the same way, we can identify a wicked heart behind smooth words by looking at the action of that person.
If the action betrays the smooth words, we should definitely refuse those smooth words.

Let us be wise in dealing with smooth words we hear, shall we?

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Posted October 28, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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