Let;s take a look at a kiss amiss…
5 Open rebuke is betterThan love carefully concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
A kiss is the ultimate token of respect & affection, a customary gesture since Biblical times. Obviously, there is an intimacy of a kiss between Husband & Wife above and beyond just a greeting where one kisses their friend on the cheek but present in all kisses is the trust or friendship affording that person the opportunity to be that close.
In the Bible there are two instances of betrayal, delivered with a kiss. Joab delivered a kiss by pulling Amasa in with one hand and thrusting a sword into the man’s belly with the other. Judas’ kiss, perhaps the most infamous of all, was executed on and against Jesus, that pivotal moment predicted and foretold of by Our Lord, as The Son of Man knew He was going to be betrayed.
In life, all relationships require trust; friendship, marriage & business. No body ever wants a secret enemy, hasn’t everyone experienced this at some point or another? A perceived friend who truly isn’t a friend at all. But here we have an example of a situation where a person might be close like a friend BUT lacking the ability to be a true friend when its needed most. I have close friends who have such respect for me that when I might have been misguided in a belief or idea have had the courage to say, Whoa!; wait a minute, this is heading in this direction and that is heading in that direction. I myself have had instances where I have had to dole out the bitter pill of truth in order to help someone from digging deeper into the trench they chose to bed down in.
Now, there is a character type to this illustration of the one who is the betrayer, they are also a person who refuses to be held accountable. We have all encountered ones such as this. They can not, will not and refuse to accept a rebuke of any kind. Who never want to be criticised, always have excuses for their actions, behaviours or mess-ups. No matter how awful the calamity or how much advise they have ignored, if you utter a word about it you are vilified & they bounce a tantrum. These are the very same people who shall betray you with a kiss. Lacking is the fiber of obligation & amenability. Their only allegiance is to their own agenda; trust, expectation & affection are simply avenues that they travel where they speed, run red lights, double park & then abandon their vehicles. Remember this, it only takes one time to distinguish them from the rest of the traffic, once you do, it’s in everyone’s best interest to steer away from them. If they want their own way, by all means, let them Have it!
Provers 12;15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise.
Proverbs 21;2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD weighs the hearts.
Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [it is] an evil [thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear [is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Psalms 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Proverbs 12:15The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
Galatians 6:1-2Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Proverbs 27:17As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 12:26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 22:24Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, o not associate with one easily angered,
Heavenly Father give us the wisdom and skill necessary to be a true friend, helping those whom we love and care for. Be the voice of reason and the guiding force behind all we say and do in accord with our worldly interactions. Likewise Lord, help us to realize those people and situtaions that are to be avoided, keep us from the casualties of casualness. Open our eyes to all truth, open our ears to Your words however you choose to send them to us and keep us in a proper state of receptiveness to those things which are meant for our correction. Bind the hands of the enemy as He seeks to make blood blood in firnedly circles and keep us tightly knit with those whom have proved themseleves trustworthy! In jesus Mighty name we pray AMEN!
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