“Evil” (7451b) exists. Evil people exist. I have made that point many times because it keeps coming up in Proverbs. That brings up another question, “Why?” By that I am asking, “Are people innately evil or is it a choice they make?” I am afraid this is one of those questions where the answer is “Yes”. By that I mean that both are causes.
In the generic sense we are all evil. We are born with sinful natures. Because of the sin of Adam, which corrupted the race, we are all little rebels. We are totally self centered. We are estranged from God. That is why we are forced to teach children that it is wrong to lie. “Deceit” (4820) comes natural to us. Only the power of God can set us free from that.
In other cases it is a choice. It is amazing to me how many people have an understanding of the good news about Jesus and turn away.
(Isaiah 53:6 KJV) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.That is the bad news. The good news is that Jesus stands ready for us to repent. He can take care of the acts of sin and the condition of sin. That is the second part of the verse in Isaiah.
So? Rejoice or repent. If you reverse the order it can become repent and rejoice. Either way we can live lives of hope and “joy” (8057).
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