Proverbs 11: 1-2

1 The Lord detests dishonest scales,

   but accurate weights find favor with him.

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,

   but with humility comes wisdom.

 

 The Lord, creator of all things, is the ultimate upholder of justice. Yet each of us is tempted to sit in his seat and tip the scale as we see fit. Some judge in favor of the powerful, hoping to impress them. Others judge in favor of the poor, hoping to help them. Even when we believe our intentions are good, unjust judgments cause more problems than they solve. The road to hell, it is said, is paved with such intentions.

 “But accurate weights find favor with him.” We may leave justice to the courts, but none of us can avoid the decisions of everyday life. How many reasons do we need to be accurate in our assessments? This proverb has given us two, but there are many more. If you are honest you will be trusted, if you are impartial your opinion will be valued. If you judge yourself accurately, you empower yourself to improve. Honesty may be difficult, but dishonesty is a lot more work.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” The proud person doesn’t ask for help, because he doesn’t want to look weak. He doesn’t seek advice, because he doesn’t want to look stupid. He doesn’t listen, because he doesn’t care to learn. But by doing these things he ensures what he had hoped to avoid. Unprepared and ill advised, he is one bad decision away from learning how weak and stupid he can be. The humble person, on the other hand, is always learning. People enjoy helping him, they respect him for seeking advice. When bad things happen to the humble, they learn from them and grow wise.

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