An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
While kisses may not always be appreciated – like Judas’ betrayal kiss of Jesus – “a kiss on the lips” is rather special. Under normal circumstances, most of us will not accept a kiss on the lips if we don’t want it!
Of course, what makes such a kiss so meaningful is based on who’s actually doing the kissing! So we’ll consider the “kiss on the lips” in this wise saying as a very good thing!
In our verse such a kiss is likened to “an honest answer” — a response that is “honest,” “upright” or “straight.” While honest answers are appreciated in general, they are especially meaningful from those who matter to us – like the ones from whom we would receive a kiss!
I guess the meaning of this wise saying for me is pretty straightforward. While everyone won’t appreciate a kiss on the lips from me today, they would appreciate an honest answer!
I’ll work on that!