Keep it Simple

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 22

Gold Nugget
Verse 8-9: 8He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 

Understanding how a Christian should behave is relatively simple. Despite many confusing representations of Christianity, Jesus said it best. "28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28,29) We have complicated the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are really just a few concepts that must be embraced and they will by default tend to all the others. An example often used to illustrate this is the commandment "Love your neighbor as yourself". (Leviticus 19:18b) If you adhere to this commandment in Leviticus, you will have obeyed the following commandments by default.

SIX: 'You shall not murder.'

SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.'

EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.'

NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'

TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'

With all that for a set up, we must be content to simplify and adhere to the basics of Christianity. One of the most basic concepts of Christianity is and will be the subject of many of these devotions. The "gold nugget" for today is simply, "You reap what you sow". It is covered all through Proverbs and all through the New Testament. The sooner we accept the fact that we will bring up0n ourselves exactly what we put out, the better off we will be Whether good or bad, what we produce we will return. 

Lord, Help me to understand the simplicity of your gospel and not do as the pharisees do and obey one part of the law and omit the most important things. I want to please you with even the most basic concepts of Christianity. Amen

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