Have you ever heard of the kissing bug? In Brazil we call it the “barbeiro” which means “the barber”. This bug likes to live in homes made of mud or palm thatch. They hide in the crevices of the houses until night time when they like to feed.
Guess where they feed?
On your face!
Yep, this bug likes to come out at night and bite their victim near their eyes and corners of their mouths. Once they take a little blood, they do something completely unthinkable, they use your face as their bathroom before flying off and repeating the process somewhere else.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, the “deposits” they so generously leave behind can be filled with a parasite called, Trypanosoma cruzi. This parasite finds a way to enter into the poor unlucky person who got bit by the “kissing bug” by slipping inside the wound or other openings in the person’s skin. They set up shop and make themselves at home in the person’s body and then they reproduce.
The person who has contracted this parasite is said to have the disease called Chagas. They will sometimes get sick without ever knowing they were bit and got the parasite because the symptoms are similar to the flu. Some people don’t feel the effects until 30 to 40 years later and then can suffer heart or colon issues which may lead to their death.
All this because some bug bit an animal who infected them and they in return infect an unaware individual who may or may not die from the parasitical infection. Crazy, right?
The only prevention to getting “kissed” by this nasty bug is staying away from mud or thatch houses, sleeping with a mosquito net and using repellent. If one does happen to get chagas anyway, there is a medication that can be given to kill the parasites, unless the infection is acute and undiagnosed for a long time.
The Bible says: “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” Proverbs 26:22.
The devil likes to use people, especially Christians, to be the vector by which he spreads his evil poison. He wants the things we hear to infect our thinking and eventually our actions. He always hides in the the crevices and waits for the perfect opportunity to come out and bite when we least expect it. He likes to come out during the night seasons of our life and get us while we are down. Just like that kissing bug.
The devil would like to hinder our vision and our service and how we sing, write and speak.
After he spreads his lies in our thinking, he leaves a parasite there there to bore down into our soul and make us spiritually sick. He wants us to feel so badly by his lies that we stop doing what we are doing for the Lord and lay down the Sword in the battle. And as long as we are weak and unfruitful for the Lord, the enemy feels he has succeeded.
So why would a child of God want to surround themselves with people who are “talebearers” or “whisperers”? Why not protect yourself with the mosquito net of God’s Word that will clearly show you the right kind of thinking and wisdom. By the wisdom of God you can choose friendships that are edifying to your Christian life, not discouraging!
True godly friends will tell you when you are going against Scripture. (Matthew 16:23)
Untrue, ungodly friends will encourage you to do things that are contrary to God’s Word. (II Samuel 13-14)
True friends are interested in helping you walk closer to God. (Psalm 27:17)
Untrue friends just want to use you for their own purposes and all the while they are infecting you with wrong thinking that leads to a skewed perspective on life.
All the thoughts that are fruit of an ungodly relationship will eventually produce actions. And the actions of the ungodly are ALL in contradiction to God’s Word.
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:6
How about we decide to quit forming and cultivating friendships that lead us nowhere but to misery. How about we read and dwell in God’s Word so that we can discern between those who will draw us closer to God and fortify our walk with Him and those who will lead us further away from God and weaken our walk.
Amnon had a friend in II Samuel that led him and others down a path of destruction. Had he made a better friendship, I wonder if Absalom and David would have gone through their troubles?
If you have some bad relationships, God will help you get rid of them because He desires your fellowship and will do what it takes to right your life if you are seeking more of Him.
Don’t let the devil “kiss” you with bad thinking and bad philosophy. Read the Bible and dwell in God so you can stay spiritually healthy!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 12 / II Kings 20-21 / Psalm 68 / Mark 2