Reputation and Relationship

Ecclesiastes 10:1–7 (NKJV)

10 Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment,
And cause it to give off a foul odor;
So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.
2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand,
But a fool’s heart at his left.
3 Even when a fool walks along the way,
He lacks wisdom,
And he shows everyone that he is a fool.
4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you,
Do not leave your post;
For conciliation pacifies great offenses.

5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
As an error proceeding from the ruler:
6 Folly is set in great dignity,
While the rich sit in a lowly place.
7 I have seen servants on horses,
While princes walk on the ground like servants.

Think of how disgusting it would be to open a bottle of perfume and see a dead fly.  You would take the product back where you bought it and ask for a refund.  The product may generally smell good and have a great deal of value, but the fly makes it unacceptable and disgusting.  Respected people need to keep the flies out of their ointment and guard their reputation.  A wise man keeps his heart in the right place, and uses wisdom.  When opposition arises, stay the course, for wisdom will prevail and reconciliation will come.  A disgusting sight is to see a ruler making foolish mistakes, for folly to be set on a throne and for true leaders and dignified people to be in lowly places.  Raise up the rulers that God intends to serve and support them. This does not mean that those from meager beginnings and without great opportunity cannot learn and become great.  One’s beginning does not determine their end.  However, foolish and unmotivated people will not rise above their true weakness.  Be wise, not foolish.  Remember, the fool denies the existence of the true God. Let the fools walk and let the true princes ride on steeds of honor.  Then, God’s will may be done!

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