You have heard it said that “all that glitters is not gold.” Here we are reminded that all who say nice things about you don’t have your best interest at heart. This verse is part of a longer theme running from verse 19 to 28 about people who use their mouths in negative ways. This one focuses on inner motive, something that we cannot see.
This is what the kids call a hater. If you are not around the right groups you may not come across the term. A hater is one who “hates” (8130). I guess that is obvious.
This hater “dissembleth” (disguises NASB) (5235) his hatred.
What is frustrating is that you don’t have to do anything to be the target of this hatred. Often you are the target out of jealousy or envy. You may be the target because you are a child of God. Two important points for us. First, you will be hated. Second, it is not your fault.
So accept it and live with it. Remember the words of Jesus,
(2 Corinthians 2:15-16 KJV) For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?Be a sweet savour. Drive them crazy. With love, of course.