An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Are You a Froward Heart?

 (Proverbs 11:20 KJV)  They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

Sometimes I like the langauge of the KJV.  I like it because it sounds so mysterious.  Some people are of a “froward” (6141) “heart” (3820).  I would never want to be accused of this even if I don’t know what it means.  Froward is not a misprint.  It is in the dictionary.  My spell-check recognizes it so it must be true.  It is interesting the ways it is translated.  You will see “uncontrolled” (BBE), “sneaky” (CEV), and “crooked” (ESV) in the translations I have on my software.  When you put it that way it doesn’t seem like a nice person.

This is another of those themes that Proverbs keeps reminding us of.  Some people insist on being “perverse” (6141).  It is a condition of the human heart.  It is an indication of the sinful nature. 

Make no mistake about it, these people are an “abomination” (8441) to God.  He may love them.  Jesus certainly died for them.  We know because we were them.  So we can understand them.  We can love them.  We can be involved in their lives.  What we can’t do is sugar coat them and act like it doesn’t matter.

So?  Be salt and light.  If the Holy Spirit opens a door, be a verbal witness.  At all times be a living witness.  Do it today.  A froward heart may be watching you.

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