Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 24, 2015

Master Manipulation

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”  Luke 16:15 (KJV)

 Ever been blindsided or manipulated?   Forgetting the disappointment, shock, and hurt is difficult!!   Years ago what I considered a developing friendship was quickly severed once she got what she wanted.   And, worst of all, I realized my innocence and gullibility actually assisted with her manipulation.  Did she know what she was doing?  Of course!  Regrettably, I never saw it coming.

Being used by another person is selfish, deceitful, and damaging.  God’s Word is filled with manipulative people.   Eve persuaded Adam to sin, Jacob deceived his father and stole his brother’s birthright, and Sarah used Hagar to give Abraham a child.  Each cleverly controlled or influenced the other person by masterfully altering decisions.   Ultimately, these decisions affected generations to come continuing today.

Unfortunately, manipulation occurs every day.   Employees ‘pull strings’ to get promotions, friendships are torn apart by jealously, marriages are wounded when partners cheat and lie, and children disregard authority by deceiving parents.   Sadly, each scenario depicts overriding respect and honor.   Walking with Christ requires character.   True honesty carefully considers decisions which may be hurtful or damaging to another person. Intentional wounding of another will be avoided by prayerfully seeking God’s direction.   Godly character determines to do what’s right realizing two wrongs never make a right.

“Lord, please help me to be unselfish by honoring you in all my decisions.”
For His Glory

Patsy Sanders
TRBC Coffee Break

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