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, August 21, 2014

Baby Bear Strikes Again

(Proverbs 21:21 KJV)  He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Most of us have a feel for “righteousness” (6666) but “loyalty” (2617a) [chesed] lives under a smokescreen.  It has many translations with a wide range of meaning.  Just at this point you see how the KJV uses “mercy” and the NASB uses “loyalty.”  The only translation I have that gets bolder is the International Standard Bible which says “gracious love.”  That is closest to the way I think it should be translated:  lovingkindness. 

We are to pursue holy living.  We are to demonstrate lovingkindness.  Only the first leads to rigid legalism.  Only the second leads to insipid emotionalism.  Together, mixed and modified by the Holy Spirit we get Baby Bear Spirituality:  Just right.

So?  The middle road of holiness is the hardest to walk because I requires totality.
(Matthew 22:37 KJV)  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Most of us like to leave one of those out.  Beware of the trap. 

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