Proverbs 24: King James Bible
Without Cause – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verses 28-29
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. 29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Without Cause
There is something that I want to point out about the first verse above. The Lord isn’t telling us to not bear witness against our neighbors. He is telling us not to bear witness against our neighbors without cause. Big difference.
There is an obvious way to look at what the first verse is talking about, which is the act of bearing false witness. Making things up in order to make something happen that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. But the “without cause” end of it digs deeper than that, I believe.
How many busybodies have their eyes out the window, and their hand on the phone, just looking for a reason to call the cops on someone, or raise some sort of issue that shouldn’t have existed? How about calling the police on someone because they didn’t mow their lawn? That did happen to someone a year or so ago.
Complaining and raising a stink because you feel like it, is by no means a just cause. If your neighbor is doing something that is clearly illegal or wrong, and you wind up bearing witness against him, well that’s his bad.
But to file complaints against a neighbor because their yard is a mess and you don’t like it, or their car is too loud, or whatever it is that you feel the urgency to gossip about relating to a physical neighbor is about as un-Christlike as we can stoop.
Why not knock on the door and ask if they need help? Maybe the person with the ratty lawn can’t mow it for some reason, or can’t afford to get his mower fixed, and your complaining has changed burden into hardship?
Are we as Christians not supposed to help those who are in need of help? If we are, than why do we assume that we know the heart of anybody, due to outward appearances? Why is it that we would assume that the person with the unmowed tall grass is just a sluggard, and not someone who could use some help?
Perhaps we would change our reaction to things concerning our neighbors, if our heart toward them were different. Sometimes outward appearances are as such because assistance is required. If you can afford to complain, then you can afford to help as well. We can take this from the physical neighbor next door, and also apply it to the Biblical meaning of the word “neighbor.”
There are three different commandments that we are looking at in the verses above. All three commandments are among the “do not’s” of the Word of God.
Be not, deceive not, and say not, are the three that I am referring to. Looks easy enough, right? It is easy if we keep our heads down, mouths shut, and mind our own business. But often, even if that is our daily intention, people give us reason to disobey what the Lord is telling us above.
Could be for several legitimate reasons. Well, at least legitimate enough for us at the time. Payback is a difficult one to tackle for some of us. When we’ve been wronged, especially in a manner that makes our blood boil, our brains start the process as to how we’re going to make them
Have you been through this? I have, and there’s no place that the flesh would rather be, than in a mental state of revenge when someone has angered us. That’s because this is the natural fleshly reaction to things. Of course it is going to be opposed to what the Lord has to say about it.
Either we take immediate action against the person, our gums start flapping to whoever will hear it about what that person did, and what you’re going to do to get them back, or we brood over it over and over again in our hearts, getting real dark about it until one day you wind up doing something wrong.
We are trained to believe that doing nothing in response, and refusing to speak ill or take a vengeful action against someone who has wronged us is weakness. It isn’t weakness, it’s called grace and meekness. It’s also called obedience to the Lord and his Word.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t take precautionary measures as to not allow the person to repeat whatever the offense is, that’s just common sense for most circumstances. But that is a whole different thing than making sure they get theirs.
When we allow the flesh to make the decisions, I can guarantee you that the things you do will be fleshly by nature, and will oppose the things that the Lord wills for you to do, and not do. This is why it is so imperative that we crucify the flesh, and live by the spirit, led by the Spirit of the Lord and his instruction.
Related New Testament Scripture
Forgive us when we have listened to our flesh instead of your Word. In every way, but particularly when we’ve done things that you’ve instructed us not to do. We repent from taking things into our own hands, that we have no business holding, and give it unto you. Help us to see the spiritual side of things more clearly, so that we do not judge by the natural side of things. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Has anyone ever tried to get you into trouble without cause?