BEWARE OF KISSES
by Lela Howard
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6)
Many times when a little child has a physical wound or hurt their mothers will offer to kiss it and make it better. The child immediately feels better because of their mother’s love and kisses. Not all kisses make things better. Some kisses are deceitful and may even result in death.
I’m sure you have heard of mononucleosis, referred to as the “kissing disease”. The virus that causes mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing. This disease can cause serious complications. We should beware of the physical kisses we engage in, but it is very important that we beware of those who flatter us with their words.
We love to hear good things about ourselves. Sometimes we don’t want to hear the truth about ourselves. We cringe when someone tells us that our breath stinks or our attire doesn’t become us. Sometimes we get downright mad if someone tells us that our ways are sinful. We don’t want to accept the word of the Lord that will help us get off the sinful path onto the right way. Many would rather hear words like “God understands and He loves you too much to allow you to go to hell.”
When someone tells us the truth about ourselves it may hurt, but if we listen and take heed to the good advice we will be better off. The bible tells us that the wounds we receive from our friends let us know that they are sincere and faithful friends. Those “who kiss upon us” with flattering words are called enemies. (See Proverbs 27:5-6.)
Judas Iscariot (even though Jesus used the word friend when talking with him) betrayed Jesus with a kiss. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. (Matthew 26:49 KJV). Amasa was killed because he didn’t beware of Joab’s kiss. And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. (2 Samuel 20:9 KJV). (Read 2 Samuel 20 to get the full story.)
Let us be discerning so that we will not be deceived by the kisses of unfaithful friends. May we realize that true friends will speak the truth in love. Even though the words may hurt, the wounds will bring healing, if we receive them.