“Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.
They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives. The double heart that they speak with is constant.
You never trust a word they say. They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.
I guess every office has one. You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.
They are extreme.
Then I realized this verse says “everyone” not just the office bullshitter and kiss ass.
This verse is meant for us to realize that we all participate in this kind of sin.
We talk so pleasantly with a coworker about what they do and we listen to their stories. There’s nothing wrong with that. How rude would it be to say to them you’re really boring me and quite honestly I think you’re nuts and I don’t really like you.
What is wrong is after having this pleasant conversation with this person, off we go to next person and proceed to tell them how much we disliked the first person and what a nut they are.
We just throw them under the bus. We just spoke lies with flattering lips and a double heart.
We all do it. I guess it’s just human nature, but not acceptable human nature.
I’ve always gone by the old adage that if someone is talking unkindly about someone else to me I’m sure they talk about me when they are talking to the next person.
I’ve found one of the best solutions is to just shut up and stay out of as much conversation as I can. I try to avoid getting sucked into office politics.
But I fail. I still allow myself to get pulled in and then regret what I said.
I’m a quiet man. It’s not that I don’t have a lot to say, it’s just that I am trying to keep myself out of trouble and sin.
I take heed of Psalm 39:1.
“I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue. I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
Now I know why monks take a vow of silence.
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