Wednesday 30 November 2022

Proverbs 3:31-35

31 Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. 32 Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly. 33 The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright. 34 The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. 35 The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!

When Jesus gives us the message of loving God and loving people (Matthew 22:37-40) we see this in practical ways in our passage from the book of wisdom: not following in violence, perversity, wickedness, or mockery. We know these things rot away at the fabric of society and that people and families suffer because of these oppressive traits. The opposite traits hold loftier virtues: gentleness, righteousness, and humility.

We may see people gaining advantages in life by their wrongdoing, but we hold firm in the life to come when this world comes to an end, and God’s justice and judgement are dispensed. To requote the adage: don’t pursue short-term gain for long-term pain.

Lord, may we love what You love and detest that which You detest. Help us to have a heart that echoes Yours and make You known wherever we go. We thank You for your grace, love, mercy, and justice. Thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. In your precious name, Jesus. Amen

Written by Sven Bessesen

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