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Proverbs 20:17 NIV

“Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.”

There are those who like the challenge of fooling someone in a deal to get the better of them. They enjoy the win as much or even more than the outcome itself. They thrive on taking advantage of others. The old saying ‘cheaters never prosper’ is not always true. There is not doubt that at times cheaters do prosper, at least for a moment. Solomon tells us that defrauding someone can bring satisfaction and pleasure, for a moment. Shortly after the victory the feeling soon begins to pale in contrast to the joy of working a project so that everyone can win. Our culture raises us to believe that wining is critical and therefore winning at all costs is a legitimate goal. He reminds us in this verse that the joy or pleasure of this kind of winning gets old, sours in our stomach. Whatever we may think we won in this type of corrupt deal will always become like gravel in our mouth. How’s that for a brutal picture? Today be kind, generous and gracious in all your dealings. #BeTheEdge

“He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.” Psalms‬ ‭9‬:‭8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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