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Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 18

Gold Nugget
Verse 5: "It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment."

Commentary
Today's "gold nugget" may seem as if it applies to our influence in the judicial process, but that would be a very superficial assessment of a deeper concept. We cannot afford to overlook how applicable this verse can be in our everyday lives. The judgement mentioned here can be anytime we influence a conclusion about a certain person. If two people you know are at odds and you have the ability to influence the conclusion, you'd better be sure of the facts or say nothing at all. As my grandmother used to say, "It takes two to tango". There are two sides to every story. Consider verse 13 of this very chapter, "He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him". Taking sides without ensuring you are siding on the accurate and just person would be foolish. You would be better to say nothing than to influence the wicked and "overthrow the righteous in judgment". How can you overthrow the righteousness in judgment? Consider the new guy at work that is getting an earful of harsh words from a coworker concerning the boss. The new guy's impression of his boss is still open.. the jury is still out. "Judgment" has not yet been passed. You know the employee that is unloading on the new guy is lazy and has problems with the boss due to his own poor work ethics. You can attempt to be popular with the venting employee by sharing in his sentiments, or give an alternative perspective to the new employee. Most of us would just be quiet. "It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.We have opportunities like this that present themselves pretty frequently. When the next one arises, consider this verse. Let's make sure that our words and influences do not result in anyone passing false judgment on the innocent.

Prayer
Lord, if situations arise where it is necessary to take a side, help us to discern wisely and defend the righteous as you do. Amen

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