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Flattering Words #963

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. (Jude 16, NKJV)

Jude gives essential warnings to Christians of false teachers who would creep in among them and corrupt the purity of the faith (Jude 3-4). He also describes these deniers of “the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” – we are not left wondering who fits the description. They are marked as complainers who murmur against the truth and the Lord who gave it. They use their words to gain an advantage over others in order to promote their personal, lustful agenda – not the gospel of Christ. Flattery is a hallmark of partiality and deception (Rom. 16:18). It builds someone up, not with godly edification, but with a facade of respect. The apostles of Christ did not preach with words of flattery, but with the sober words of truth and reason (Acts 26:25). Like Jude, we must unmask the frothy fawning of false teachers to see their message elevates themselves and not the Lord Jesus Christ. And, we can only do that when we know the Scriptures, live the Scriptures, and love them more than men and their praise.

Rebuke or Flattery? #679

He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue. (Proverbs 28:23, NKJV)

Are you willing to rebuke someone when they sin? It is not an easy thing to do. For one thing, the rebuker’s motive must be sincere and pure; not self-serving. The rebuke intends to convict the sinner, bringing about repentance. Furthermore, to rebuke someone without knowing how he or she will react requires great devotion to the truth and love for the sinner (Lk. 17:3). Flattery comforts the wrongdoer in his sin, but a rebuke of sin willingly received reaps eternal benefits. The wounds of a friend are faithful – correcting us, shaping us, strengthening us (Prov. 27:6). When it is necessary, rebuke sin by speaking the truth in love. By doing so you will have God’s favor.