Food For Thought!
It is so sad, really sad when people end up in bad relationships. Or, they wind up in trouble with wayward and contrary friends. Sad! They got tricked, motivated, and influenced into much pain and regret. (Especially a bad marriage) Yet, at the beginning it never looks that way. Seeing 20/20 is not optional during or time of great deception, it is an absolute necessity. If not, prepare for pain and regret galore! False, fake, phony, two-faced and fraud are a flood on the earth.
Lies are everywhere.
The Bible, the book of truth, says that it would be this way. It's our test and proof of who we love. If we love God, we will survive.
We will see the city through the smoke. God didnt design us to live alone. We need companionship, however, we need the expertise and skills to interact with others. This doesn't begin with our potential companions. It begins with us. We read people wrong when our vision is distorted.
Deception starts with one word: pride. Pride is worship of self. It got Satan kicked out of heaven and it's the deception he uses on everyone. Pride distorts vision. You see people based on their looks, inyeligence, status in society, how they sound, the clothes they wear etc. all externals. That's not who they are. The harddrive, the heart, is where character is stored.
Only God knows it!
Pride obscures this view. You see, you are deceived, and prideful, if you don't think you need to completely depend on God. There is no room for self and God.
Either he is Lord of all or not Lord at all.
Scripture tells us to depend or trust in God with not some...but all your heart. He is the beginning and the ending. He knows everything and everyone. All creatures are naked before him. You want to read people. Get close to God. Get rid of pride. Get rid of an arrogant attitude that refuses to submit to and respect authority. Embrace humility.
Yes, it's true, "the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom." You see. God doesnt give his jewels to someone who will use it to get worship for themselves. If you want this level of spiritual sensitivity, you will need to be washed; washed from pride. Broken and humble, then, and only then, vision becomes clear, and, he will show you people.
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more." (2Corinthians 5:16)
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." (Matthew 7:16-17)