1 Thessalonians 2:5 No Mask Or Flattery


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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

The world likes to use flattery or masks when they are speaking to someone else. It is commonly seen in the workplace that a worker talks very highly of his boss in the boss’s presence, but cuts him down in private talks. In the presence of the boss it appears as though he loves his boss, but in reality does not like him at all.

Children are known for using flattery with their parents to get something that they want. A child will come up to this father or mother telling them how much he loves them (when normally he never says that he loves them) and offers to do some extra chore. A wise parent will realize that the child is desiring something of them. The child put on a mask of feigned love and used flattery to attempt to get something.

Believers in the church will often use the same type of speaking with God and others. Churches speak only good sounding messages, rather than the whole truth of God. They speak only what the people want to hear. People claim to love God, yet refuse to give up sin or do what He asks of them. They worship God, just to get something from Him, not out of true love.

Flattery is used for selfish reasons to get what one wants from someone else. Paul stated that they did not use any of that when speaking to the people. Believers are supposed to speak true from the heart, not from the surface. They are not to act like they care or don’t need anything, when they don’t care and want something from the other person.

The words of a person are powerful, so they must come from the heart. They should not be used for selfish gain, but to build others up and draw them closer to God.

Take a look at how you speak to others. What is the purpose of your words when talking to someone or to God? Are they only for selfish gain or to build God’s kingdom?

Strive to speak like Jesus did. He never used any flattery or put on a mask feigning love when He spoke to the people. His words were true from the heart. Are yours?

I pray today that God will reveal your heart’s motives; that God will give you the words to speak; that your words will be like the words of God; and that God will reveal any greed in your heart to remove it.


1 Thessalonians 2:5 No Mask

“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.