The Manipulating Tongue

Then Delilah pouted, “How can you say you love me when you don’t confide in me?  You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!”

-Judges 16:15, NLT

 A person’s greatest accomplishment may well be helping others accomplish great things.  Likewise, a person’s greatest failure may be preventing others from achieving greatness.  Delilah played a minor role in Samson’s life, but her effect was devastating, for she influenced him to betray his special calling from God.  Motivated by greed, Delilah used her persistence to wear down Samson.  His infatuation with her made Samson a vulnerable target.  For all his physical strength, he was no match for her nagging, and he paid a great price for giving in to her.  Delilah is never mentioned again in the Bible.  Her unfaithfulness to Samson brought ruin to him and to her people.

Are people helped by knowing you?  Do they find that knowing you challenges them to be the best they can be?  Even more important, does knowing you help their relationship with God?  What do your demands for their time and attention tell them about your real care for them?  Are you willing to be God’s instrument in the lives of others?

 Delilah’s strengths were that she was persistent when faced with obstacles, but her weaknesses were that she valued money more than relationships, and she had betrayed the man who trusted her.

 What can we learn from her?  We can learn from Samson that we need to be careful with whom we place our trust in, but from Delilah we can learn that manipulating leads to destruction – read the full story in Judges 16:4-21 if you’d like.

Bottom Line of Speaking Life:  Because you are in right standing with God, He surrounds you with favor.  Therefore, you have no need to manipulate anyone for personal gain or advantage.

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