24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. (NIV)
The Big Shots
Yesterday, David looked at verse 23 dealing with those who cover up their wickedness to look good. These verses come out of that.
He mentioned the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. Today we tend to think about politicians or corporate bigwigs that put up a front to look good for their employees or their constituents. In truth, they are only out for their own gain.
The really bad ones are those who will stop at nothing, hurt anyone to get what they want or to be entertained.
The Church Enemy
The scariest ones are those in the Church.
Who are they? They are the church-goers who:
- Gossip (sometimes through “prayer requests”)
- Complain about everything at the church
- Complain about everything in life
- Live two separate lives: one at church and one everywhere else
- Purposefully disobey the pastor or church teachings
- Cause divisions (start fights, spread malicious rumors, etc.)
- Give the minimum effort (and usually have excuses)
- Never give any effort at church (and always have excuses, if they talk about it)
- Those who justify every action they take (usually with “But you have to understand …”)
- Who start debates with “I am a Christian, so …” and then attempt to defend non-Christian behaviors and actions.
I could go on for a very long time. They act like they love others, but they really hate.
The question is …
Did you see yourself in that list?
The scariest enemy is the one who acts like your friend. Read Galatians 5:19-21 for Paul’s list of who they are.
Heavenly Father, help us to remove all the falseness and pretense from our lives. Create in us a clean heart free of all malice, deceit, and wickedness. Help us to be followers of You and not the father of lies.