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2 Samuel 15:3-4

2 Samuel 15:3–4 (ESV): 3 Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” 4 Then Absalom would say, “Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.”

Deceptive ways will never lead you to a place of blessing.  It's by living rightly before the Lord and man that you will find the greatest reward in this life.

After Absalom was restored by David for killing his other son Amnon, he began sowing discord in the kingdom.  He stood by the city gate and heard the grievances of man and said, “If I were king I would care for your concerns.”   He began to turn the hearts of men away from David his father.  After swaying many he had them proclaim him as king of Israel.  David fled Jerusalem.  What a sad day for a father who just a few years prior restored his son.

Have you ever been deceived by someone you love?  Hey, it happens.  The important thing is not to allow it to change your heart.  David loved Absalom even in the midst of this.  Don't allow deception to turn your heart cold.  If you are the one deceiving your loved one, repent.  Turn your heart to the Lord and stop it.  You will never get ahead this way.  Be honest today and come clean before it's too late.

Lord, protect our hearts from deception.  We are so easily deceived.  Keep our hearts pure before you we pray in Jesus' name, amen.

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