When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray
lyrics from the song Slow Fade by Casting Crowns
...but only such a word
as is good for edification
according to the need of the moment,
so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29b NASB
But it didn't.
A Necessary Word = Edification
An Unnecessary Word = Flattery
Edification is necessary for our growth in Christ. It sustains us. Instructs us. Gives us something to build upon.
Flattery is superfluous. It weakens us. Stupefies us. Undermines our foundation.
every careless word that people speak,
they shall give an accounting for it
in the day of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified,
and by your words you will be condemned."
Matthew 12:36-37 NASB
We are responsible for the words we speak... and the words we choose to listen to... Edification is essential, but we must be mindful to not take the easy route and say what we think people want to hear. But speak the words that will give life.