Published by Deborah Negron M.A.
October 25, 2019
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Proverbs 17:1, 3-3, 5, 9-10 KJV
The Bible teaches us so many valuable lessons. I considered lessons in these verses.
- Having little, but having peace is prosperity of the spirit.
- The Lord tests us, tries our hearts so that we can be refined. He makes us more like him as he purifies us and refines our thinking in his word.
- Having little is nothing to laugh at. Many are poor and yet their riches are not seen by the human eye. Having compassion for others is profitable to our spirit. We can have a wealth of compassion and be a blessing to others. In this there is no wrong.
- To forgive is a great benefit. Love is demonstrated when we look not at a person’s shortcomings but rather look at the value they have in God’s eyes. Their life is more precious than all their mistakes.
In Luke 1:10 the Bible states, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus could have chosen to punish, instead of forgiving humanity. God could have destroyed the world and made himself a new one. But his love for his creation was manifested in how Redemption was orchestrated even before the fall of mankind.
Before we messed up. Before Adam and Eve sinned, before they were even in the garden. God knew they would fail.
Ephesians 1:3-14 confirms this truth,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Oh and I love how God has chosen to blot out our sin. To redeem us. To restore us, and to forgive us. I love how he has determined that He would not count our shortcomings but cover them with his blood through Jesus Christ.
Another place this is seen is when David sinned and committed adultery. He failed the Lord and his people. But in mercy the prophet Nathan Confronts him. When he is brought to look at his own waywardness. David acknowledges his sin. Then David repents. He cries out to God.
David even says, Create in me a clean heart, oh God and renew a right spirit within me…. Psalm 51:10.
In the Bible we are confronted with truths that can help us walk this walk of faith with understanding and direction.
Today, Lord, Please help me to be grateful, to be humble. Help me to forgive and cause me to always see others with compassion. Help me to have a repentant heart like David. Create in me a desire to please you always.
In Jesus’ Name.