Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.23-26
These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good. 24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; 25 But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them. 26 He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer.
Proverbs continues to give us wisdom for everyday living. This proverb advocates justice as an essential quality of any society. To do what is right should be held as a respected characteristic of all people, but especially judges and leaders. Injustice on the other hand is evil and not desirable in any society.
Doing and saying what is right is also important in relationships. Solomon uses the phrase, ‘kisses the lips’, to speak of the most intimate expression of friendship to highlight the value of a just and right answer. In relationships, we should be honest and straightforward with our answers to others for this shows one’s concern and therefore should be welcomed.
As Christians, we should seek justice, to do what is right and to say what is right. Jesus declared this in the form of judgment on the Jewish religious leaders in Matthew 23:23, saying, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” Jesus doesn’t want mere religious acts, but wants us to be just and do what is right, as we love others and are faithful to Him.
Do and say what is right for the glory of God!
Memory Verse: Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; if you find it, then there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24.14