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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Watch Out for the Backhand

(Proverbs 24:18 KJV)  Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Do you need a reason to love your enemies and bless those who persecute you?  Here you have it.  It might be a little twisted but the point is the same.  To put is simply, if you say “Yes!” when someone who is your enemy has a tragedy, if you feel that they have finally received what they deserve, if it pleases you, then God will “turn away” (7725) His “wrath” (anger NASB) (639). 

God wants us to have the mind of Christ.  He wants us to live a life based on love, not revenge.  I don’t think we need to worry about that initial, unplanned response.  I think we do need to worry about the gloating.

So?  It is a bit counter-intuitive, but you only help your enemies by enjoying their pain. 

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