Fools Made Wise #48

Proverbs 11:16:

A gracious woman obtains honor, but violent men obtain riches

The forty-eighth comic of Fools Made Wise starts with Leroy watching TV as James walks in. Leroy asks James where they are coming back from, and he tells Leroy that the church honored Mom tonight. This reminds us of the first part of Proverbs 11:16, that “A gracious woman obtains honor.”

Leroy looks puzzled as to why the church would do that. Not amused at Leroy’s humor, James tells him that Mom was honored because of her hard work and sacrifice, two things he knows nothing about.

Not letting on that he is bothered by the remark, Leroy quips that they probably just gave her a cheap plastic trophy. James corrects him and reminds him that the honor she received is more important than any money they could give her.

Leroy tells James to tell that to the guy he pummeled tonight. Apparently, that guy owed Leroy twenty dollars and Leroy made sure he got it. Leroy then comes up with a good idea: James should honor him and give him a trophy for exacting justice over his foes! However, the second part of Proverbs 11:16 reminds us that “violent men obtain riches” (not honor).

So in this comic, we see two paths ahead of us: one path that leads to honor and one that leads to riches. The path that leads to honor is labeled GRACE: the more we receive grace from Jesus, the more we are able to honor others. The other path is labeled PRIDE: the more proud we are, the more we use others as a means to an end. Let’s learn from Leroy that grace leads to honor but violence never will. The choice, like always, is ours!

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