Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy. , (Proverbs 12:20)
Devious people are filled with deceit. Their cause may sound just, their motive honorable, but their hearts are filled with hypocrisy. You know them; they flatter with their lips and smile, but the end result of your affiliation with them brings nothing but strife and trouble. The evidence of their divisiveness will be found in their faultfinding. They will inevitably be at odds with someone. And present themselves as victims. They will seek pity and attempt to recruit others to their side or way of thinking. They will always be at war, drawing lines and making stands. They are factious and above all divisive. Their only appearance of joy is the demise of others. When you find yourself in their midst, love them, but mark them. Refuse to be deceived; instead be a counselor of peace. In love, but firmly challenge their devises. And above all hold on to your joy.