Proverbs 19: King James Bible
The Flimflam Man – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 22
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
Kindness is a positive attribute, that transcends whether or not you’re in “have” section, or the “have not” section.A question that should be asked, would be the following: What if the desire of a man isn’t kindness at all?
Not an unreasonable question I believe, and it’s fairly easy to come up with the answer . If the desire of a man isn’t kindness, then you could fill in that blank with any iniquity that may pertain toward manipulative behavior or intentions. Or to play it safe, selfishness.
Above, the verse continues and refers to one who is a liar. It’s better to be broke with a pure heart, good intentions, and a desire to be kind, than it is to be loaded and spiritually destitute and bankrupt. A hollow vessel, that only caters to the flesh.
People can have a false kindness. Someone who can promise you the world, act like your best friend, just to never come through with anything they’ve promised, and have forgotten about you as soon as they’ve reached 20 feet away from your front door.
I’ve heard this type of person referred to as a “flimflam man.”
1. a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim.
2. a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh.
verb (used with object), flimflammed, flimflamming.
3. to trick, deceive, swindle, or cheat: A fortuneteller flimflammed her out of her savings.
Someone can promise you things that they can’t possibly accomplish, and forget about it shortly after the words have left their own mouths. Someone else can commit to doing whatever they can, and feel a conviction over it till the they’ve done all.
My opinion for why a “flimflam man” does what he does, is that they are emotion based. If it makes them feel good in the moment, then all is well. As soon as that stops, it’s time to move on to the next feel good fix. In other words, they aren’t interested in being kind for kindnesses sake, they’re interested in you talking about how kind they are after they’ve left.
The scripture above teaches us, that it’s better to be poor, and to show kindness toward others (which includes being honestly kind), than it is being superficially kind, just to later disappoint. As it says above, a liar.
When we find ourselves lying to someone, what’s the real desire? If someone wealthy says they’ll donate 500 dollars to something, then donates 250, and someone else is only able to donate fifty bucks, and does so, who is being faithful? Who is being the most kind?
These are things that we all need to straighten out between ourselves and the Lord, because the purposes, intentions, or desires of the heart are what the Father is looking at. An if upon prayerful self examination we are found lacking in anything, it is the Holy Ghost that can change the heart.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 12: King James Bible
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
John 8: King James Bible
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
James 4: King James Bible
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Thank you as always for your Word and the blessings that are included in the reading and study of it. Please help us to make sure that our hearts are always right before you in every situation. If we are found wanting in any good thing that you desire to be in our hearts, breathe it into us Father, through your Holy Ghost. Change our hardened and jaded hearts into hearts of flesh, renewed and pure in your eyes. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever gotten the wool pulled over your eyes by the flimflam man?
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