We have to guard our minds, against deception and seduction by reinforcing our thoughts with the word of God. The battle against us begins in our minds and as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
Not everything is as it seems, on the surface and we cannot take, everyone or everything at face value. Yes we need to be accepting, loving and forgiving, but the reality is that, some people are masters of deception. We need the ability to discern, in order to protect ourselves. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, (1 John 4:1)
Either we operate through the work of the Holy Spirit, or there is another spirit operating through us. It is having the spirit of discernment, that will help us to determine what spirit is operating through others.
We learn through scripture that even the Devil, knows how to masquerade as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) This is how the Devil managed, to deceive Eve in the garden, with his tongue of deception, and Eve’s mistake was to stop and listen. What is certain is that there are some people who do not deserve our time and having conversations with them is unlikely to produce anything good.
It can be hard at times, when the person with the spirit of deception, is a Manager or someone with authority over us. Pray for the spirit of boldness, to address the spirit of deception. Ask God to dethrone persons, in positions of power and authority, who use their positions to deceive and manipulate others.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)