Friday, December 28th, 2012
How To Handle A Compliment (Part 2)
Words Are Food
They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
Psalms 12:2 (NKJV)
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him.
Proverbs 7:21 (NKJV)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
If Jesus is 'The Word' (John 1:1), 'And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us' (John 1:14)...
If God's people of the Old Testament sacrificed a lamb without blemish as a 'Sin offering' (Leviticus 4:32)... If God's people of the New Testament believe Jesus became 'The Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world' (John 1:29) 'Once for all when He offered up Himself' (Hebrews 7:27)...
If Jesus told His disciples to eat bread as though it was His Body: 'This is My Body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me' (Luke 22:19), because He is 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35)...
If Jesus also said, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4)... Then we must eat The Word of God, specifically Jesus, to have life within us.
God's words of life can be found in His Book, in prayer, in revelations, and in the mouths of people. But how do we eat them?
Unless we eat them physically like Ezekiel (see Ezekiel 3:3), they follow an interesting path: they start in a man's heart and come out of his mouth, 'For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks' (Matthew 12:34). We ingest them through our ears. 'So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17).
But also from the mouths of people come bad words; 'No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Corinthians 11:14). Therein, bad words can be disguised as compliments.
'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19). 'You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons' (1 Corinthians 10:21).
So how do you know whether to eat a compliment or to discard it?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the How To Handle A Compliment series.