Evil Rejoicing

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 17

Gold Nugget
Verse 4-5:  4An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

I've heard the old saying, "Why mess up a perfectly good story with the truth?" Some folks would rather hear a "juicy" story that ends with people being hurt, than a true story that ends in peace. Recently, it was all over the place that President Obama had outlawed the National Day of Prayer. Knowing how quick we are to jump on the band wagon prior to hearing the truth, I went straight to what I would consider to be reliable sources. As a conservative you can imagine my position toward some of our current political leaders. This doesn't give me the freedom to ignore boundaries concerning truth. After checking out some news station websites and the website for the National Day of Prayer, it seems that they had not heard about this horrible act. For all I know, they may have it outlawed by next year's National Day of Prayer. I believe that our country has turned away from God and is now turning against God, but we must stay subject to truth. I was getting texts, Facebook updates and E-mails about this new law that didn't exist. I know that in some places in America there are judges trying to outlaw prayer, but the National Day of Prayer is still on. I was a little embarrassed for us as Christians, that we had started spreading a false report. It was as if we were excited about this evil deed. We wanted to share our disgust with each other. 

I think sometimes we wan't our enemies to fail, just to make our point. "I told that lady she better quite drinking and driving and now look at her in jail." We got some joy out of her being punished. So much, that often we want to see someone suffer for their mistakes.  We have (in our flesh) a pleasure in seeing people suffer for their wrong doing. This is a very un-godly behavior. We should weep because of people's sin and continue to weep when we see people suffer from the effects of sin. "

He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished." 

Consider these verses:

·     1 Corinthians 13:6 (Love) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

·        Proverbs 24:17-18 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him. 

Lord, I have been guilty of wanting to see people suffer for their wrong doings. I remember the things that you have forgiven me of that I should have paid the price for. I don't want you to abandon your attitude of mercy and grace towards those who need to repent. I want to share your perspective towards sin. I want to be sensitive enough to hurt when I see people sin and hurt when I see people suffer from the result of sin. Forgive me Father, this day and help me to walk in the love as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:6.

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  1. verse 17 is an eye opener! Freddie Rodriguez

  2. Verse 17 is a mouthful. Maybe I should make it the gold nugget next month...

  3. thank you brother steve for the word and the lesson ! as always you have given me plenty to meditate on ! i want to tell you that you mean alot to me and you are a great friend , and i am thankful to be able to call you friend!! Jerry Hall

  4. Thank you brother, Jerry. Watching your passion for the Lord is such a blessing. I miss both of you.