Proverbial Hatred; Proverbial Change
“When justice is done, good citizens are glad and crooks are terrified” — Proverbs 21:15
“Troublemakers get in trouble, and their terrible anger gets them nowhere” — Proverbs 22:8
“If you trying to be kind and good, you will be blessed with life and goodness and honor” — Proverbs 21:21
When I first started my journey to be stand with God, I remember my first steward tell me to read Proverbs. “You need to know the in and outs, you need to know the rules”. It wasn’t that I was living with reckless abandon. It was that I lived with subconscious burned by the choices. I always knew the right things to do, I just chose not to. It was a choice. I knew that I didn’t like the way that I felt nor how it felt when others treated me in a horrible way.
I hate to say that my jaunt towards Christianity was a corrective action. But if I didn’t have it, I don’t know what type of person I would have continued to be. A person with a heart detached. Hence, I had the heart.
And when you have the heart but you act like it doesn’t exist, it burns even more when you treat others as trash. When you treat yourself like trash.
I never did anything toward others with malicious intent because again, that thing we call a heart. But I did hurt people. And justice was done. And I was left terrified.
I often wonder what goes through the mind of those who don’t care if they hurt. We’ve been talking about love because we’re a people devoid of it. When it body drops through violence, love wasn’t involved. But then I’m still asked to love that person. Loving a person devoid of love feels unrequited and empty.
Love thy enemy. Even when your enemy is out to kill you. In theory.
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he told him how people would be during the last days:
Proud, arrogant, rude;
Hate everything that is good. (2 Timothy 3)
Isn’t that where we are? We all live with these sins that we must fight. We must fight feeling ungrateful. We must learn how to extend grace. But what is grace without a heart? What is grace without selflessness? What is grace without humility? You can’t extend grace if you like grace for yourself. So we also possess those things that are of the last days, so we’re contributing to our own downfall, right?
It feels like we are doing just that. We’ve aided to our destruction. The last days will be known by our own self-infliction.
“Sin and self-satisfaction bring destruction and death to stupid fools. But if you listen to me, you will be safe and secure without fear of disaster.” — Proverbs 1:32–33
I guess we didn’t listen because look at what we’ve become. We destroy and bring death without God’s help through our stupidity and foolishness. But we were created by God, right? And he knew who we were to become, right? So when God says he’ll death and destruction, He means through His creations. Am I wrong to think that? That God uses us a conduits not just in good but in bad?
Wisdom is Common Sense’s best friend.
And maybe we’re stupid.
Stupid in hate; stupid in love.
“Hatred stirs up trouble; love overlooks the wrongs that others do” — Proverbs 10:12
Is our capacity to love strong enough to overrule our propensity to hate? Sometimes, I’m not so sure. My will to love was enough to make want to learn how to control my hate. And I wish for that to be the in others. Because of a heart. A heart matters.