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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another Form of “Love Your Enemies”

(Proverbs 22:11 KJV)  He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

This must be a statement of principle and not an observation.  I think it is an early expression of Romans 13 rather than an explanation of how kings think.  Our current leadership certainly does not embrace someone who “loves” (157) “pureness” (purity NASB) (2889) of “heart” (3820).  This is about how we should treat political leaders not an expectation of their response.

In case you have not read Romans recently, chapter 13 starts off this way,
(Romans 13:1 KJV)  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
This is written about the Rome that would execute Paul and Peter.  This is the Rome that would send Christians to the lions.  Yes, that Rome.  Paul told us to be subject to that government.  Solomon says to be righteous and a friend of the king. 

So?  It may not be easy.  It may not make sense, but then neither does turning the other cheek.  It is still there. 

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