There’s a quote by T.D. Jakes that I heard many years ago. I can’t quote it exactly so I’ll paraphrase it. “When you walk into a room and tell good news, watch who claps for you. If they don’t clap, they are not your people.”
A person’s words will tell you anything and everything you want to hear but a person’s actions tell you who they are and how they feel about you. Never misinterpret the language of love because love is an action because love is a verb.
The reason for my detailed illustration is that we must recognize our enemies and our haters. Scripture says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” The enemy and the thief are always camouflaged. They look like a “friend”, they appear interested but interest is assessing us for their benefit. You cannot try to destroy someone if you don’t know them.
There’s never been a bomb dropped that the enemy didn’t know exactly where they needed to drop it. It’s easy to misinterpret and mistake an enemy for a pretend friend when they are in the note-taking, and assessing process. But make no mistake, they are assessing us for their benefit not because they love us.
When we say our prayers, we need to ask for the gift of discernment and say thank you for our instinct. Remember to always listen to your gut because instinct is your knowledge to guide you. We cannot get our boat rocked if we know those who are not rowers.