A simple mind is a gullible mind. People who are simple-minded are easily deceived, manipulated, and taken advantage of. When we are simple-minded, we tend to believe everything people tell us; this shows that we are not discerning. It is very risky to be a person of a simple mind because not only does one make many mistakes while on earth, they also risk losing their life to eternity in hell because most of the time such people are crowd-followers following blind people to eternal destruction. The world is stained with sin and is inhabited by human beings who have a fallen nature. If you think that the world is basically a nice place and that majority of people are ‘good’, then you are deceived. If you think in such a way then you will not do due diligence before allowing people into your life. You may end up opening your life to people who will end up ruining your life. If you easily believe people at first glance then you will end up learning the hard way that most people are pretenders and liars who cannot be trusted. Many people of the world are blinded and are walking along the wide path that leads to destruction. Most people live blatantly sinful lifestyles though majority have mastered ways of masking their sin in order to be acceptable in the society. Simple-mindedness will make you fall into the hands of predators, liars, manipulators, abusers, hypocrites, dishonorable people, people who do not care about you but are in your life for their own benefit. “O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be of an understanding heart” Proverbs 8:5.
Being simple-minded will turn you into a people pleaser. If you do not have good judgement then you will try to please everyone around you. Your words and actions will be altered in a way that appears pleasing to those around you. You will easily accept to do something for someone at your own peril. You will go miles to be there for someone who is only using you. You will do much for people who neither appreciate you nor love you, people who will stab you in the back. You will do what people tell you to do without first thinking if it is the right thing to do, both for you and for them. You will spend your time on others while allocating very little time for your personal development. People pleasing makes you a yes person, it becomes difficult for you to say no, maybe because you do not want to disappoint the other person or because you have poor judgment and your mind is on autopilot. Very few people have your best interest at heart; when most people discover that you are weak-minded, they will see that as an opportunity to take advantage of you.
“Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: ‘How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, they would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil'” Proverbs 1:20-33.
Many times we open our hearts and lives to people we should never have, and when they leave us deeply hurt, we start wondering why they did something like that to us. During such times it is easy to turn to self-pity and self-hatred. We start wondering what is so wrong with us, especially if those people we had opened to start using condescending language against us. We start thinking that probably we are the reason they left, that there must be something we did wrong. In an effort to try and correct what we think we may have done wrong, we realize that those people, instead of trying to make peace, continue mistreating and degrading us in words and actions. If we do not sober up and discover exactly what is going on, that because of what those people are doing they are actually sinning, then we will be caught up in a downward spiral of trying to apologize while the other person continuously abuses us more and more. If we do not come to the realization that a person abusing or manipulating us is actually ungodly, then we will keep blaming ourselves for other people’s actions and sins. We will keep justifying the behavior of the other person by saying that we must have done something wrong that triggered their cruel words and actions. Such people will continue to demean you over and over again if you allow them until your esteem is trampled down on mud.
Do not justify other people’s sinful actions. Examine yourself, work on your relationship with God, pursue peace with all men and holiness. Even if you somehow wronged the other person, if that person is truly godly, they will respond to you in a way that honors God. There are people who will mistreat you even when you treat them very well, which goes to show that they have things within them that they are still battling; it shows that they are not right with God. Do not be simple-minded, know the Word of God. God’s Word is the source of wisdom. Love what God loves and hate what God hates. Never partake in sin with anyone just because you like that person or because that person looks good on the outside or because there is something about them that you admire or because they seem to have it all together. If someone is an unrepentant sinner, continue praying for them but do not keep close friendship with them. Bad company corrupts good character. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish” Psalm 1:1-6.
Not everything is as it seems and not everyone is as they appear to be. Do not believe every word that comes out of people’s mouths because too many people have mastered lying; they will mix lies with some truth for it to appear acceptable. Do not open your life to just anyone, majority of people should be left outside because if they at one point get access to your life, they will leave you hurt. Most people’s true colors come out once they gain access to your life, and especially when they have gained everything they wanted from you or they have proven a point to themselves or to their friends. When doing transactions with people, whether business or otherwise, beware that you do not fall into the hands of con-artists. When choosing a mate, beware lest you fall into the hands of a predator, or a pervert, or an abuser, or a manipulator, or a liar, or a hypocrite, or a proud and arrogant person, or a person who neither cares about you nor loves you, a person whose sole purpose in your life is to use and misuse you. When interacting with people who have not earned your trust, realize that they are strangers and you really do not know them, no matter how many times you may have interacted with them before. Be slow to open your life to people, take time to know who a person really is, listen carefully and watch the fruits of that other person’s life, do due diligence and find out about who you are really dealing with, and above all, pray for God to give you discernment. “A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” Proverbs 22:3.
Simple-mindedness has ruined the lives of too many people. Many people have allowed destructive people into their lives; some without knowing it, some because they ignored the bad fruit they saw, and others because of utter carelessness. Beware of what aspects of your life you tell the world, those very same things might be used against you. Many people are not loyal and will turn against you in the split of a second. Some will manipulate what you say and send out a very different message from what you actually meant. Others will go and broadcast what you told them to everyone who listens to them. Some will go and make jokes with their friends about how they managed to manipulate you into doing what they wanted you to do. There are those who will use you to fulfill their sexually immoral desires. A married person will approach you as if they are single and entirely hide the fact that they are actually married, a divorced person will try to present themselves as if they have never been married, a person whose past relationships have failed will try to blame the failures on the partners they have had, a person addicted to pornography will try to use you to fulfill their perverted desires that they have seen in the demonic films and images, a person in a relationship will approach you as if they are single, a person who has always lusted after you will try to get you into a compromising situation to boost their ego; such is the heart of man, extremely wicked. “As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes'” Romans 3:10-18. Apart from God, human beings are not capable of anything good.
The Word of God is the road-map for our lives on this earth. In every situation, there is a solution found in and guided by God’s Word. Study and meditate, feed your mind with God’s Word and you will gain wisdom. Become a person who fears God, do what God says you should do and stay away from what God says you should stay away from. The Word of God will renew your mind and you will start thinking in a very different manner, and whenever any thought comes to mind that does not align with God’s Word, take it captive to the obedience of Christ. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Investing in your relationship with God is the best thing you can do for yourself, both for this life and the life to come.
When you are close to God, you gain discernment and you easily recognize right from wrong irrespective of the current trends in the world. The world has made good to appear as bad and bad to appear as good, but when you are close to God, you are able to see clearly and you call good, good and bad, bad. When someone approaches you with bad intentions, you are able to discern that because you take time to pray and seek God. When someone tries to pretend to be who they are not, you are able to watch the fruits of their life and see them for who they really are. When someone tries to manipulate you or play reverse psychology on you, you are able to see through their wicked tricks and call them out for who they really are, and when someone tries to demean you in words and actions, you are able to stand up and proclaim who you are in Christ Jesus. When you know who you really are and when your worth is firmly rooted in Christ Jesus, you become unshakable. People will try to say and do all sorts of things to you and against you, but when you know that you are a child of God without a shadow of doubt, then you will not even try to prove yourself to anyone. When you know that you are accepted by God and you strive to do His will, that is all that matters. People rising up against you because of stand for truth will become like noise and you will be able to shut it down and not allow that to affect you negatively.
Whenever you pass through a season of trials, look for the lessons that you can learn from that. When you get to know better, then next time do better and avoid making the same mistakes. When people continuously make the same mistakes over and over again, it shows that they did not take time to learn and improve. If you have been a simple-minded person in the past, then invest in studying the truth that is only found in God’s Word; that will change your life for the better. However, if you are lazy and you do not put in the effort, then you will continue to be simple-minded, being manipulated and taken advantage of, making the same wrong or sinful choices over and over again. For there to be change in your life, you have to be committed and make up your mind to follow Christ no matter the cost. When you do make up your mind, and you are willing, then God’s power, the Holy Spirit, will empower you to make the necessary changes for the glory of God. When you reach your end and surrender to God, then you will discover that God’s grace is sufficient. Be wise, know what the will of God is and live your life in accordance to His will.