Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. (Philippians 1:17, NLT)
We can deceive by telling the absolute truth. It’s easy. Just leave something out. There was a captain of a ship who for some unknown reason, wanted to get rid of his first mate. He did not abuse his victim or malign him. He told the absolute truth. Every three or four days he made an entry in his log - “The first mate was sober today”. The first mate was sober every day but the implication did the trick and the first mate was subsequently discharged.
We should strive to be people like Nathaniel, “An Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile”. People should recognize that we are different and we should be known for our integrity and absence of guile and deviousness.
From Day Lighters by Nico Bougas. Available from amazon.com