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.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Not a Fun House

(Proverbs 17:13 KJV)  Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

We don’t always get what we deserve. 

Sometimes that is good.  Salvation is not something we deserve.  We were sinners.  In spite of that Jesus went to the cross.
(Romans 5:8 KJV)  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is Theology 101.  It is a point agreed to by all Christians.

Sometimes it is not so good.  That is what this verse is reminding us about.  Sometimes you will do “good” (2899b) for someone.  Are they grateful?  No.  They return the favor by doing “evil” (7563a) to you.  Expect it.  It is going to happen. 

Often we run into people who think that because we are taught to turn the other cheek, they can treat us like trash and there is no down side.  God will not be mocked.  He will not let this kind of behavior go unpunished.  Because of their attitude and actions, evil permeates their house.

They may think, “Bring it on!”  They may think that evil is demonstrated by a party atmosphere and the freedom to do all the wild and crazy things those Christians can’t do.  They miss the true extent of evil.  Evil removes the joy.  Evil removes the elements that make life worth living.  When evil descends on a house it becomes a house of gloom and despair.  They may not admit it to you, but they pay big time.

So?  There is little you can do for them but you can make sure that your life does not follow that path.  Go forth and do good.  Let the evil depart. 

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