Contrasting The Righteous and The Wicked

Much of Proverbs 11 is a contrast between the righteous and the wicked. Verse 21 is a key verse in this discussion:

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free. (Proverbs 11:21, NIV)

This is important to keep in mind as you watch the wicked seem to prevail. Those who have no fear of God who seem to prosper. Those who perpetrate evil and seem to get away with it. Solomon tells us that the wicked will NOT go unpunished. They will receive what is due them. Jesus sets us free by His atoning death on the cross. He takes away the bonds and chains of slavery to sin. He sets us free from sin and death. He sets us free from the consequences of our actions. He makes us righteous by His sacrifice. He died to make us righteous and set us free.

There is one other verse that struck me as I read through this chapter. That is verse 25:

A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25, NIV)

Verse 25 teaches us the importance of generosity and encouragement. As God has generously blessed us, we should seek to generously bless others. God blesses us so that we might be a blessing to others. He does not bless us so that we can hoard the blessings He has provided. He does not bless us so that we can use all of our blessings only on ourselves. He blesses us so that we can be generous toward others. We will discover that God honors generosity. This makes sense because God is a generous Father to His children. When we are generous, we are being like Him. He generously blesses and He generously forgives. We are not worthy of neither His blessing nor His love, yet He lavishes them both upon us. What a good and loving God we have as our Heavenly Father!

PRAYER: On this day, O God, help me to live a life of righteousness and not wickedness.  Help me to be generous and not withhold from others that with which you have blessed me.  Forgive me when I look more like the world around me than the Christ who is in me.  Thank You for my blessings.  Thank You for Your love and forgiveness.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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