Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can kill my spirit. There are some who draw their significance from others as vampires. They are psychological and spiritual parasites.
“There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and whose fangs are like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. The leech has two daughters — Give and Give!” (Proverbs 30:14-15a.)
Those who have to make less of someone to make more of themselves consequently make themselves to be nothing. They become even worse. They become negative energy.
Do you know any of these people? They are the ones who never “laugh at you” but are only “laughing with you!” “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’” (Proverbs 26:18-19)
When is the last time you’ve heard that used carte blanche? “Just kidding!” Then the madman can enjoy his life essence as he devours the “poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” The wolf attacks wounded quarry as other wolves smell the nourishment that only life-blood can sustain. The initial hit has been made. Predators sense it as sharks and piranha sense blood in the water. “You better get some of this while the getting’s good!” A skeleton of a person floats to the bottom of the sea of despair.
Then there’s the parasite who will only drink from a straw. One wouldn’t want to be conspicuous in revealing their thirst for blood, let alone admit that they have it. They may not even know yet that they are vampires. They invite others to join them in the drink by offering the innocuous toast, “Bless her little heart, but she can’t help it!” The table is set. The human is slaughtered. The feast is on.
“The words of a gossip are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body. Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross. He who hates disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself; when he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.”(Proverbs 26:22-25)
There are a couple of television commercials that bait the predator. One begins with, “Short on cash?” Then there are the typical predatorial stereotypes of a midget who cannot reach high enough to get the cash and who cannot slam the hammer hard enough to get the big money. We are all invited to the feast. The big man can reach the money. We’re invited to run with the big dog and get that cash, too. The predator has been baited with his own carnivorous instinct. “A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.” (Proverbs 29:5) The hunter became the hunted. Meanwhile, in real life the midget gets paid the big bucks for the commercial, is anything but short on cash, and laughs all the way to the bank.
“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” (Proverbs 26:27-28) When you see weakness in another, resist the urge to feast with the predators. “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.”(Proverbs 12:18) You just might be messin’ with Sasquatch.