What is the danger in manipulation? What are the consequences of manipulation? - Manipulation - TouchPoints

What is the danger in manipulation? What are the consequences of manipulation?

Psalm 25:3No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Psalm 101:7I will not allow deceivers to serve me, and liars will not be allowed to enter my presence.

Proverbs 22:12The Lord preserves knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the deceitful.

Proverbs 11:1The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty.

Deuteronomy 25:16Those who cheat with dishonest weights and measures are detestable to the Lord your God.

Psalm 5:6You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

God hates cheating and deceitfulness, two primary forms of manipulation. These ungodly actions run against the grain of God’s character. Those who practice manipulation cannot expect God’s blessings.

Proverbs 26:28A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattery causes ruin.

Psalm 12:3May the Lord bring their flattery to an end and silence their proud tongues.

Flattery – softening others up to get what we want – destroys relationships because it puts deceit and false pretenses above trust. This leaves a path of broken trust and hurt feelings.

Proverbs 21:6Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.

Jeremiah 17:11Like a bird that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. Sooner or later they will lose their riches and, at the end of their lives, will become poor old fools.

Dishonest gain is temporary. The “fool’s gold” of wealth gained by manipulation may have a momentary sweetness, but it leaves an eternal bitterness.

Jeremiah 9:5They all fool and defraud each other; no one tells the truth. With practiced tongues they tell lies; they wear themselves out with all their sinning.

Proverbs 26:27If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will roll back and crush you.

Manipulation is ultimately self-destruction. Manipulators deceive themselves in the long run, thinking that selfishness wins the game of life.

Malachi 1:14“Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is feared among the nations!”

Deuteronomy 24:14Never take advantage of poor laborers, whether fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns.

Leviticus 25:17Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I, the Lord, am your God.

Nehemiah 5:15This was quite a contrast to the former governors who had laid heavy burdens on the people, demanding a daily ration of food and wine, besides a pound of silver. Even their assistants took advantage of the people. But because of my fear of God, I did not act that way.

Malachi 3:5“At that time I will put you on trial. I will be a ready witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 3:14The Lord comes forward to pronounce judgment on the elders and rulers of his people: “You have ruined Israel, my vineyard. Your houses are filled with things stolen from the poor.

The leaders and the princes will be the first to feel the Lord’s judgment. You have ruined Israel, which is my vineyard. You have taken advantage of the poor, filling your barns with grain extorted from helpless people.

Taking advantage of others shows a lack of respect for God and results in the Lord’s judgment.