Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 17 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 28
Food for Thought: Prov. 28:5
You can talk and talk to godless people till the cows come home to change their way of thinking, but in their current state, they will never understand the truest concepts of justice* (though it is quite possible for a lost person to be influenced by godly people and adopt much of their way of life). They simply do not have the tools with which to deeply comprehend justice. And sadly, that means their decisions and actions usually will not be based on what is right before God.
However, all is not lost nor hopeless. Anyone can change, but ONLY by the Spirit of God. So, for everyone who is trying to make a person change and stop having a godless attitude about what he/she considers “right”, you must begin at the beginning with him or her, not in the middle. It is useless to insist that the person suddenly have another opinion or way of life. He/she must first be born again and bear the Spirit of God within. Then the Spirit will lead him/her into all truth (John 16:13), and he/she will be able to understand all.
It is, however, a growth process. That is why it is SO MUCH better to instill in our children at a young age the truths of justice and continue discipling them as they grow. But even an adult can be born again and gain understanding of it. I Peter 2:1-3 says, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
Much energy is wasted trying to convince people to do right instead of trying to show them how to be right. When they become new in Christ, their entire being and perspective are changed, and they are righteous and quite capable of understanding justice.
(*Note to my friends who read Gems translated into Spanish: The words justice and righteousness are usually translated using the same word, justicia. However, the distinction in English is that justice is defined as “equity; merited reward or punishment; administration of the law,” and usually as it relates to man’s relationship to others (and also God performing justice where man is concerned), whereas righteousness is “right-standing/position with God; rectitude”–which we understand from Scripture is our condition through Christ, not by our works, though it most certainly is influential in man’s behavior toward others.)
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):