A Collect to Shun Manipulation and Flattery

Holy Spirit of God, source of all truth and wisdom, remove from us all desire for flattery and manipulation, that we would not attempt to use or lead others solely for our purposes but would be honest with all, respecting the choices and desires of each person whom you have created in your image, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father through you, now and forever. Amen. ‘Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.”‘ – Matthew 22:15-16