Proverbs 6:16

These six things the Lord hates, yes seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren (NKJV).

We too often find peace in tearing down others! A bitter heart motivated by revenge, jealousy, greed, or simply selfishness has little restraint in its quest for satisfaction; a quest that often lead to doing evil. We often look upon our flaws as the results of the beauty contained in others, carefully dismissing responsibility and accepting lust. The faithful and forgiving heart is often at the back of the line, only seen when a selfish need exists. A saint among thieves lay sleepless, thinking of ways to ward off the unseen yet ever-present danger. Those who seek peace also seek trust and are those against who trust becomes a weapon. Messages contained in a meaningless smile echoes the thoughts of ones mind and the feelings of the heart.

The certainty in deception is that it is expected, evident, and revealed to its faithful victims. The rewards received through deception will be lost by deception, making them temporary while those whose rewards are from selfless actions will be rewarded unselfishly. The lavish things we enjoy as a result of deception can also be our demise. Be careful in your quest for stardom; greed and deception is often revealed at the top of your game and the resulting charge is often much greater than our deceptive gain. Be kind and true in your interactions with others because like the saint, thieves are also sleepless among thieves.

Greg Nembhard