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Smiling Faces Do Sometimes Tell Lies

Jesus was betrayed in Matthew 26:14-16 and in Matthew 27: 11-25; few examples. We too will be betrayed in words, thoughts and deeds.

“‘Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own. Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!’

‘Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.’


‘Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.'” (Proverbs 26:17-28)

We read in God’s Word the tongue is powerful and deadly. Sadly, if the devil nudges us in vulnerable moments, we will use the same tongues that worshiped God to curse others (James 3:10-18).

Perhaps many of you remember a childhood saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me”. If bones are broken, the pain will cause you to hurt and as adults we know that saying was a lie. We say things to and about one another then apologize saying it was not meant to be said or I was just joking.

Be mindful that our intents and words are not hidden from God, and they will be judged by Him.

Have you ever considered returning to old ways of communication, i.e., face-to-face or conversation via the telephone? I am giving serious thoughts to doing so because if there are any miscommunication or misunderstanding of what was said, it could be resolved immediately.

I experienced my text messages can be misconstrued and/or forwarded without knowledge and permission with the forwarder two cents added as thought “their words” were in my original text.

We forget, if you forwarded them, the person you forwarded them to will forward them back to the original writer to see how they were betrayed.

Quotes by Tangie T. Woods (please cite my name if used)

If you choose to text, be concise, wise and do not delete your original text.

If we feel regretfulness of our words, the person who heard and received them still feel the pain even though forgiveness is extended to them.

Satan is still in business of stirring the pots of ungodliness.

Be mindful of Satan’s influences to entice our negative behavior and ungodly words. I have learned that few words speak volume.

If someone is talking to you about someone else, just imagine what they are saying about you to someone else.

Study Scriptures

1 Peter 3:10; Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:29; Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 15:28; Matthew 15:11; Proverbs 21:23; Proverb 26:20; Proverbs 31:26; Psalms 34:11; Psalms 141:3; Titus 3:1-2; Proverbs 18:20-21; Proverbs 17:27-28; Proverbs 12:6-7; Proverbs 12:13-14; Proverbs 12:18-19; Proverbs 15:1-2; Psalms 119:171-173; Proverbs 6:16-19; Proverbs 18:1-8; James 1:19-26; Psalms 52:2-9; James 3:1-12;


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21 thoughts on “Smiling Faces Do Sometimes Tell Lies

  1. Thank you for this post! It is very true and needed. Saying sorry doesn’t fix the pain and you’re right we need to be conscious about what we are saying to others.

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    1. You’re welcome, Ashley. I concur that saying sorry and just joking are not pain relievers. In the Lord’s Body it is time to cease cliques, groups, circles, whispers, gossiping, backbiting and all ungodly behaviors and negative influences that people are afraid to point out for correction. When it comes to worship and my relationship with the Lord, I am very serious. Thank you for your comments and have a great night.

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  2. You are so correct about how text and emails can be misunderstood. You can’t pick up tone and intent always from writing. We are missing out on the human connectivity which is so important. Bless you. 🙏🏾💗

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  3. Yes. So true. Our words affect others. In the case of cyberbullying among teens it can and does lead to suicide.

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    1. Angela, it is horrible hearing about the increasing number of children and teens that are committing suicides–as young as six years old from what I read last year, all from words of bullies. Cyberbullying is awesome. Thanks for bringing this to our minds.


  4. We need to stop gossip in its tracks!
    We should never hear the middle or the end of a gossiping conversation.
    We should ask ourselves what about me that made that person or those people comfortable enough with me to come gossiping to or around me? We have to check ourselves before we can check others with God’s word.

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    1. After checking myself, I learned to stop gossiping at the beginning because the middle or end means I entertained listening for too long. I posted a sign in my off-site office years ago that stated, “Do not tell me what someone said about me, tell me why they feel comfortable telling you.” It stopped them in their “track”, and they no longer felt comfortable telling me anything.


  5. “‘Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own. Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!’

    I have been a victim of similar tactics and when I addressed the falsities I was also told the latter part of the statement above on a few occasions in the past which caused me to be a bit detached.

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    1. People think I am standoffish, unapproachable, not a team player, etc., but joking is hard for me because of how my biological mother groomed me from the age of 12, and groomed by college professors, branch chiefs and spiritual mothers and other wives of ministers. The serious nature is who I am, but I also have a kindhearted nature when around others. Perhaps “detached” is how I previously felt and perhaps how others see me. It feels like my protective mechanism to guard my mind from worldliness and acts of others who previously betrayed me. Thank you for sharing your experience and comments. Have a great night.

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    1. Hi Ellie and thank you. Right now, I am suffering from severe left-hand pain, numbness and tingling from carpal tunnel syndrome. I am having my fourth, prayerfully last wrist surgery on April 4h. Thank you for your concern. I hope all is well with you. Have a wonderful day in the UK.

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      1. I’m so sorry to hear you have so much pain, Tangie. That’s awful for you. I do hope your operation is successful this time. It must make it difficult for you to write. I’m well, thank you. Hope your day/night is a good one. Xx 💐

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