Sweet to the Taste

by Stan Mitchell
“‘Bad, bad,’ says the buyer, but when he goes away then he boasts” (Proverbs 20:14 ESV).
“Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel” (Proverbs 20:17 ESV).
John had just pulled a fast deal over an unsuspecting customer. The other man seemed naive and new to the game, and John walked out with a contract that would net him a handsome profit. He was pleased with himself until, annoyingly, his wife pointed out the flaw in his dealing.
“But what if the customer brings the defective merchandise back?”
“Oh, that’s simple,” John answered. “Buyer, beware!”
She looked dubious as a member of the White House Press Corps, but said nothing.
“What a sweet deal,” he thought. “I haven’t lost my touch!”
The next day he went to church. Dressed in his best suit, and still feeling pleased with himself, he walked into the auditorium where one of the church elders called him over. “John,” the elder said, “I would like you to meet our new preacher.”
Standing next to him, in a Sunday suit, was the customer he had cheated the day before.
Gravel is not an ingredient in most gourmet meals, but John’s mouth was full of gravel now! His sweet deal had turned into rocks!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. We must always be on guard and be aware of what we say/do around others. We never know who it might be. Not only did John lied/cheated someone, he was not setting the right christian example.

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