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, January 11, 2015

Selfies Don’t Translate

(Proverbs 11:17 KJV)  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

There is a difference here that does not come through in the NASB.  In comparing effects of mercy and cruelty the KJV refers to one touching the “soul” (5315) [nephesh] and the other the “flesh” (7607).  The NASB uses “self” for both although the study tool says they refer to different words.  I think the difference is important.

Mercy is concerned with the big picture.  It is focused on eternity and the consequences of our actions.  As a result, you may do what is best for a person in the long run and they will resent it because it isn’t what they want. 

Cruelty is zeroed on the physical, the carnal.  It wants it now and it wants it “my” way.  This kind of person makes people happy today but does not give them what they really need.

As a middle school teacher I see a lot of children who are being destroyed because no adult in their life has been willing and able to dispense mercy.  I may be willing but I am blocked, overruled and trumped by a school system and leadership that is more into “feel good” than “do right.” 

So?  I struggle every day.  Are you taking the long view?  Are you taking the eternal principles that God has laid out and applying them.  Be willing, even if you are not always able. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Consequences aren't a popular consideration these days.

Pumice said...

Never have been. Never will be. I guess part of the reason the world doesn't like our smell is that we keep reminding them TANTAAFL (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.)

Grace and peace