The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.
The Proverbs of Solomon is a book of contrasts. In its lines and paragraphs we can see the contrast between the righteous and the evil, rich and poor, obedience and disobedience, the peaceful and the violent, the generous and the stingy, integrity and perversion, the proud and the humble, the wise and the inexperienced, the sober and the drunk, the diligent and the lazy, insolence and respect, the gossip and the discrete, patience and impulse, you name it, the list goes on and on. However, the more common contrast in this book is between the fool and the wise. When we observe the current state of humanity we see that fools far outnumber the wise. Because of this, some cynics have concluded that the basic characteristic of the human race is stupidity. No wonder some mock the theory of evolution because, according to it, man should be more perfect every day and on the contrary we see that stupidity is increasing. There’s even an honor out there called the Darwin Award given to those individuals who protect the gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving the human species’ chances of long-term survival.
What a contrast between stupidity and the wisdom that the son of God has. A Christian who properly grows and matures in the faith will always be looking to act wisely and avoid folly at all costs. When you sit down to analyze your life, what do you find to be more prevalent wisdom or folly? When you compare your life against the standard of the Word of God to whom you are most like, the wise or the fool? It’s in your hands, with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, to seek to transform your life and stop being a common being and becoming a useful tool in the hands of God. What do you say to this? Draw near to God with reverence, humility and obedience and you will enjoy the riches that the wisdom of God has prepared for those who walk in its trails. Only to God be the glory!
The righteous hate what is false,
but the wicked make themselves a stench
and bring shame on themselves.
Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Walking in integrity is good business. When we walk in integrity, justice itself is responsible for protecting us, making our confidence level increase and our fear level decrease. A person of integrity is someone righteous and blameless. His behavior is always adjusted to morality. Greed, pride and deceit are not part of his life and when gets near them he walks away quickly to avoid being contaminated by them. Integrity is stability of character, it is to maintain a firm position and not be swayed by the temptations or evil influences that surround us. Integrity is knowing what is right and doing it, even if we suffer loss or get exposed to danger. Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching. The opposite is evil and perversion and evil brings shame, disgrace and ruin.
The foundation of integrity is wisdom and the basis for wisdom is the fear of God. Everything begins with showing respect and obedience at all times to our Creator and Lord. Want to stay always under God’s protection? Seek his word and trust in his holy name. Only God has the power and authority to ensure that nothing bad happens. His ways are the ways of justice and truth. There is no greater pleasure to know that we tread the right path under the real and effective protection of God . May our Lord Jesus Christ be always the focus of our gaze and our thoughts. He is our objective and our hope.To God alone be the glory!
What you have seen with your eyes
do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
Proverbs 25:7 b-8
One of the things that makes us very human and not necessarily in the best sense of the word is our speed to make judgments. Very often when facing a situation or when we observe the behavior of our neighbors, we analyze the data available and with blazing speed we reach a conclusion, usually a damning and wrong conclusion. From the point of view of probabilities is very possible that we’re right for sin is the norm rather than the exception, but a judgment can not rely on probabilities but on facts and solid evidence. Usually we do not know all the details of an issue, unfortunately that does not prevent us from reaching a conclusion as if we knew all about it. That desire to issue a judgment, despite not having all the details is what gets us in trouble many times. Firstly because we are arriving at erroneous conclusions because we do not have all the necessary information and secondly because it is likely that we share our opinion with others therefore becoming bearers of gossip and intrigue.
The Lord Jesus was very clear about those who fall in this error and calls them hypocrites: «Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.» In any case, we must help to carry each other loads and do not complain about each other that we be not judged. The only judge is the Lord Jesus and we will all be held accountable for our actions or omissions. To God alone be the glory!
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If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.
When people go to court seeking justice, they ─and this applies for both parties ─ typically lie in order to strengthen their case. Soon, the truth of the matter is obscured by the number of inaccuracies that are put forward by both sides. Worse still, some folks are capable of breaking confidentiality agreements to increase their chances of success at the expense of the confidant. Nothing good can come out of saving one’s reputation at the expense of somebody else’s shoes specially at the expense of someone who has put his/her trust in you. Now, the selfish and sinful nature everybody has may prove to be more powerful than good intentions and will usually end up leading us to do what we should not do; unless, of course, a power stronger than sin stands in its way and prevents the wrong action from taking place.
As children of God all we have to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Violating this principle will only destroy our witness. Let us always stay close to the truth and we will remain focused on the path that God has set for each one of us. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth and acting in a honest manner at all times is an indication ─even to ourselves─ that we are following in his footsteps. . To do otherwise will only damage our witness. ¡To God alone be the glory!