“You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed–God is our witness.” 1 Thessalonians 2:5
In the workplace people are often seen trying to make the boss feel really good with their words. They will speak very highly of the boss and give him much praise. Or in a teen-age relationship, one will give lots of praise and honor to the other. Both are trying to get the favor of the person they are praising.
Although it is not wrong to give a person some praise that he or she is worthy of, flattery takes it to a different level. Flattery is excessive praise. It is lifting a person up higher than they really are. It is making the person feel extra special. The purpose behind making that person feel that way, however, is selfish. It is to get something from them.
Salesmen are known for this. Whether selling a car or a house, they will make a person feel like they are the best person on the earth and deserve that item being sold. Or workers in the workplace giving flattery to the boss, lifting him up extremely high.
In doing these things like this, they are putting on a mask. They are making themselves look like they really care about the person, when in fact they are just greedy and want to make a sale or get a position.
Paul says that he was not guilty of being like that. In the church, there are many who use flattery to draw people into the church. Others put on a mask, making themselves look like a great Christian believer, when in reality they don’t have a relationship with Jesus. This is falsehood.
As a believer you must be true in your words and actions. Do not exaggerate what you are saying. Speak the truth.
If you claim to be Christian, do you spend time in prayer with God? Do you spend time reading His Word?
Or are you just speaking the words and putting on a mask to look good? Are you just being greedy?
Take off the mask and live the true life of a believer in Jesus. Put off any falsehood. Allow God’s Word to draw people, not your fancy words of flattery.
I pray today that God will reveal any masks you may have on; that you will use only God’s Word to draw people to Jesus; that you will live a true Christian life; and that you will serve God with all of your life.