Troubling Path VI

Monday, June 27, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 06/27/2022 8:00am

31 You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless;

    when you’re kind to the poor, you honor God.

32 The evil of bad people leaves them out in the cold;

    the integrity of good people creates a safe place for living.

33 Lady Wisdom is at home in an understanding heart—

    fools never even get to say hello.

34 God-devotion makes a country strong;

    God-avoidance leaves people weak.

-Proverbs 14:31-35 The Message

31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,

    but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,

    but the righteous finds refuge in his death.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,

    but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,

    but sin is a reproach to any people.

Verse 31 study: God has special concerns regarding the poor. He said that those that have material goods should be kind enough with those goods to the poor. This is a command throughout the Bible. The purpose is to help change attitudes.

22 “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

-Leviticus 23:22 ESV

7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 ESV

5 Who is like the Lord our God,
    who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
    on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 to make them sit with princes,
    with the princes of his people.
9 He gives the barren woman a home,
    making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

-Psalm 113:5-9 ESV

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
7     who executes justice for the oppressed,
    who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8     the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the sojourners;
    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

-Psalm 146: 5-9 ESV

7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

-Isaiah 58:7 ESV

9 As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever.”

-2 Corinthians 9:9 ESV

The Sin of Partiality

2 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

-James 2:1-9 ESV

Verse 34 study: Corporate righteousness brings corporate benefit. If you do the right thing, the right things will come back to you. So, yes, there is such thing as Corporate righteousness.

Righteousness management is the quality of being morally right in managing your people, your business, your partners, and your customers. It comes not from rules or regulations but from the heart of the person responsible for the job. (Source: LinkedIn) 

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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