So it looks like I’m a few days behind in reading through Proverbs in February. But I’ll definitely finish it this week. It’s been a good trip. Thanks for coming along with me. Here we’re in chapter 24.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice, lest the Lord see it, and be displeased, and turn his wrath away from him. (24:17-18)
This is difficult for many people. When someone hurts us, our natural reaction will be to 1) hurt them back or 2) celebrate if someone else does it for us. The thing we forget is that our enemy is God’s image-bearer, too, and God is concerned with them as he is with us.
This is the Old Testament version of Jesus’ command to love and pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). God’s desire for us to “love our neighbors” extends to our enemies as well.
Like a kiss on the lips is the one who gives an honest answer. (24:26)
There is no doubt that most of us like a kiss on the lips. A kiss is one of those God-given pleasures that can make everything else melt away, even after a horrible day.
An honest answer can do the same thing. I’ve heard many time before the expression that “his honesty was like a breath of fresh air.” In a world where much happens by deceit and scheming, honesty is truly impressive.