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.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Being a Contender

(Proverbs 29:9 KJV)  If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Admit it.  When you read this verse you assume that you are the “wise” (2450) “man” (376).  No one ever assumes they are the fool.  In reality it is not that simple.  Wisdom is something discussed at great length in Proverbs.  Most of us have heard the standards over and over again and yet we have not made them a part of our thinking. 

The conflict being spoken of here is the clash caused by one person advocating the standards and behavior of God and the other doing what comes naturally.  Jesus talks about being persecuted.  He talks about being rejected.  He also makes it clear why we will be rejected.
(Matthew 5:10-11 KJV)  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
If you are standing tall for Jesus you can expect someone to make life difficult.  That is because of your wisdom in action.  If you are just being obnoxious, don’t blame it on Jesus.

So?  We are repeatedly told to be kind and courteous.  We are also expected to be righteous.  Everyone loves the person who wants to save the whales.  Only Jesus loves the person who wants to save humanity.

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