Verse 10: A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
I remember when I first read Proverbs 12:10. Until then I wasn't aware of the bible mentioning cruelty to animals. It may be a new concept for us to weigh character by how people treat animals. We have a tendency to be "righteous" in select areas of our lives. That is, the areas we think measure who we are. The problem is we have everything backwards. Being cruel to animals is just the symptom of the real wickedness that infects our lives. The wicked heart is the real problem and manifests itself through various symptoms. This includes cruelty to animals of all sorts. Especially cruelty to the two legged ones.
Cruelty can manifest itself in many ways. Many people try to focus on the symptoms instead of the real cause. The only real progress one can make in having victory over cruelty is to acknowledge their own inner defect and allow the Lord to take rule in their heart. Don't focus on the works of the flesh, focus on putting to death the flesh and it's works will perish with it.
Lord, I need to be reminded that my flesh is not subject to your righteousness, but rather an enemy to you. My spirit is subject to me and I must focus on walking in the spirit and by default will abandon the works of the flesh . Amen
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