The Tangled Webs That We Weave

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Oh what tangled webs we weave

Life can be full of deception and coercion which is caused by one powerful tool and weapon – our tongue. There is an adage which states, “A wagging tongue bites itself.” Whether we realize it or not, having an uncontrollable tongue can get us in more trouble and adverse situations than we are sometimes aware of. James speaks of this in the New Testament. In James 3:8-10 we read:

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish novelist, poet, and biographer, is noted as having said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” I can attest to the truthfulness of this statement because when I was younger I manged to become ensnared in so many tangled webs that I am still dealing with some of the consequences of my misguided actions.

When we practice deception and coerce other people into doing things because of our lies, we cause undue and unwarranted confusion and chaos in their life. A scripture that comes to mind concerning this is found in Psalm 52:2-4:

Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

What those scriptures mean to me is that a liar has a very sharp tongue that can be used as a very powerful tool or weapon to deceive other people. Liars also bask in the drama and chaos (tangled webs they weave) that they create due to their devious actions. The proverbial flip side of the coin, however, is that in the end, the liar is the one who ends up all alone. Their character, credibility,  and reputation are ultimately damaged because of the tangled webs that they weave.

Karlyn Kay Stebbins
February 14,2015

Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.