Love Hidden has Little Value – Proverbs 27

Which is better, to be corrected when I’m wrong or to be loved by someone who hides it from me? Well, normally I would have said that love is better than anything. Perhaps this proverb is telling me that correcting a friend’s error is a truer demonstration of love.

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” Proverbs 27:5 NIV

This proverb requires me to think a little more than I normally do about a verse. To me “never satisfied” means that as long as there is death, or as long as there is destruction, it will always want more. And humans always long for more.

“Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.” 26:20

I attended a memorial service a few hours ago and I agree, I want more. One more day to see a sunrise, one more flower to smell, one more relationship to mend, one more task to complete. These aren’t quite the same as death and destruction but I think the principle holds. Until I admit that my life is finished, I will always want more.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at .


  1. “Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring forth” Proverbs 27:1

    Or as a favorite saying of current times says,
    “Life is like a box of chocolates!
    You never know what you’re going to get”

    It’s good to plan ahead and have an idea of where you’re going in life. But ultimately “my times are in His hands”. Only God knows for sure what will happen next year, next week, tomorrow, or even in the next minute.

    One minute you might be walking across a parking lot, and in a split second your feet could go out from under you and you’re flat on your back and have a broken wrist that results in many weeks of pain, discomfort and inconvenience with a cast (or several different ones), inability to do a lot of things you usually do for yourself, etc.

    OR even worse, you could suffer an accident or onset of a disease that has permanent life-changing results. OR you could lose someone you love and depend on to death. OR you, yourself could die. OR any number of other things.

    The point is, WE can’t know these things. Only our Heavenly Father does. That’s why its so important to commit all of our ways to the Lord and allow Him to direct our steps.

    Let’s not boast about tomorrow, but let our boasting be only in the greatness of our loving Father.

    by marie whittaker

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