A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)
It is evident; those who lie about you hate you. And if you are hated, those who hate you will lie about you. 1 John 3:13 tells us, “Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.” (NIV)
Faith in Christ will always be maligned by those who reject Christ. Why? Jesus said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”(1) We may not like it. We may not believe it. Nevertheless, it is a fact that those who lie about us hate us.
In like manner, even their apparent compliments will be insincere. Like all flattery, its purpose is to deceive and hide true feelings.
The lesson is at least two-fold: do not be offended when others lie about you and do not be flattered by flattery. Likewise, if you find yourself lying about another, you have hate in your heart and if you flatter, it is to bring about ruin. Do neither.