A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,
who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up dissension.
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. Proverbs 6:12-15
These verses are still referring to the lazy sluggard, someone who is foul-mouthed, deceitful, and rebellious. But before we write off this verse as something we would never do or participate in, let’s look at this again. For a second, disregard the lazy sluggard reference. Have you ever plotted deceit? Not before your conversion experience but since. If we’re not careful we can justify most if not all of our ungodly actions when we want. I’m not saying that this is always the case, but consider the verse, “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Deceit is a slippery thing. All it takes is something small at first. We feel bad about it, and often justify it away. Then the deceit grows gradually. We don’t realize how much it’s grown (because we’ve become bolder), but when we’re exposed, we hang our heads in shame.
That’s why it’s vitally important that we nip deceit in the bud, quickly and decisively. But here’s the beauty of it all: the Holy Spirit gives us warnings, “checks” in our spirits, when things go slightly awry. We would be very wise to acknowledge those checks and act the way we know the Holy Spirit would want us to act. Then, after we’ve evaluated what just happened, we have a chance to offer our thanks to a loving and compassionate God, who has our best interests at heart.