Proverb for the Day 3:30 — No Harm, No Foul!

Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.
This verse is the final wise saying about those with whom we have relationships (:27-30). It’s good advice for today…and, maybe, even tomorrow.

“Do not accuse anyone for no reason” – we need to be honest about our dealings with other people. While they may have done something that annoy us – maybe even dissed us a little – we need to be honest about the situation. Did they really do us any harm?”

“When they have done you no harm” – once we can be honest about the fact that they really didn’t, we should be honest with ourselves. Do we really have any reason to accuse them of anything?

Jesus said it this way, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Today, we call it the Golden Rule, I learned it in elementary school.

Admittedly, this is easier to discuss than it is to practice – but it’s a great way to live. Our lives would be so much simpler if we could just think and do things like this.

Besides, this wise saying sets us up to practice a modern proverb: “It pays to be nice to the people we meet on the way up, for they are the same people we will meet on the way down!”