A man who flatters his neighbor Spreads a net for his feet.
-Everybody likes to be appreciated but not everyone likes flattery. King Solomon cautions against neighbors who flatter for by this they set a trap upon the opponents feet. It is therefore necessary to differentiate between flattery & appreciation. Flattery is cheap praise, counterfeit, shallow, selfish, universally condemned & insincere. It is telling people what they want to hear which most often is false. Appreciation on the other hand is genuine, universally accepted & sincere. Appreciation comes from the heart out while flattery comes from the teeth out. Neighbors who flatter most often do it for immediate or accrued future benefits & thus caution should be exercised. “The ungodly walk according to their own lusts with swelling & flattering words to gain advantage” Jude1:16. Honest appreciation comes after the realisation that every man is superior in a way & by that acceptance we learn from them & edify their spirit.
Lord our Father, our protector & guide. You Who test the heart’s of all men. Protect us from those who come into our lives for no good but to cause us pain. Shelter us with Your pinions & hedge of fire from all evil. We thank You for this far that You have taken us. Go before us in all our relations & all we intend to undertake in our lives. Instil in our hearts humility that we may be willing to learn from others without regarding their social status. All glory & praise belong to You Father. Amen
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