“So get rid of all evil behavior.
Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy,
and all unkind speech. 1 Peter 2:1
Deceit is subtle and sneaks up on us from different angles. We call this being two-faced, double-tongued, or speaking conflicting things to different people. It becomes a complicated web that destroys relationships.
In business, deceitful people come across as trustworthy at first, but their dishonesty erodes all of their transactions. Deceptive people who call themselves Christians are calling darkness light, because the very nature of Christ is honest and authentic. We have to be intentional about living an honest life, and not just on Sunday morning. We can’t expect to grow and thrive if we stoop to deception or hypocrisy.