(Proverbs 26:25 KJV) When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
We need to get in the habit of looking beyond the happy faces that people put on in public events. It is easy to speak “fair” (graciously NASB) (2603a) when you are trying to impress people and you know others are listening. It is another thing to be gracious in private. Politicians count on the fact that people have short memories and don’t want to believe that things are bad or that people are bad. We can see the same thing in business and in the church. We need to be alert.
Sometimes people with the gift of mercy don’t want to look beyond the surface. That is why we have people with the gifts of wisdom and discernment. The hard part is to accept their insight. We want everyone to be happy. We need to beware of evil hearts.
So? If you are accused of being negative it may be because you see beyond the surface. Examine your own heart and motives and decide but don’t automatically assume that it is bad.