Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

   when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

18 or the Lord will see and disapprove

   and turn his wrath away from them.

 

The seeds of evil are found in every human heart, we must be careful not to let them take root. We are encouraged to hate evil, but gloating over the misfortune of another, as wicked as they may be, only encourages the evils of pride and self-righteousness within. Do not fight malice with malice, or you will embody the very thing you once opposed. How then are we to respond to our enemies? “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” It is kindness, not judgment, that leads to repentance.

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