|Money or man?|
We should without question value integrity over wealth. Wealth most certainly does not make a person nicer, more honest, have integrity or morals. It also does not make a person happy. I'd rather be respected for having integrity than for having wealth. People look at wealthy people differently, give them more leeway, as if they are better than anyone else with less. God does not approve of that. God looks at the heart, not the wallet! So should we!
Vs 13: He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Who will have mercy? - Whoever confesses and forsakes his sin!
Vs 23: He who rebukes a man will find more favour afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.
Have you ever rebuked someone and for season there is awkwardness? As time goes by the Lord works in the situation and that person comes back to you and acknowledges they needed to hear that.
Have you ever been flattered but you just KNOW its insincere? You don't think much of the person doing the flattering, right?
So for me, the lesson is, don't flatter insincerely, people will see through it, and if you are rightfully rebuked or rebuking, consider it prayerfully.
What are your thoughts?