Proverbs 21:14-17 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
“It is joy to the just to do judgment.” In other words, the just enjoy justice. Now that statement sounds way too simple to be misunderstood right. Well, maybe we should look at the other side of that statement.
If the just, or saved folks, enjoy justice, then logic might lead us to believe that the unjust, or lost folks, would enjoy unjust practices. However, it is obvious they really don’t. If they really enjoyed unjust practices, they would never fight against those behaviors. Yet, even the unjust want to be treated as just.
The unjust of the world often end up disliking others who live in sin, just as they themselves do. In essence, they can’t stand people like themselves. As odd as that sounds, it’s true.
The unjust in this world are searching for something better than what they have. They know there’s something out there that will make them happy, so they continue to search for it in worldly pleasures, and never find it. Then, if a person wanders in the world and never comes to understand the love of Christ, they will remain for all eternity as our verses say with, “the congregation of the dead.” They’ll never find true happiness here on this earth, or in the eternal realm of the unsaved.
What they need to know is that our loving God created them and sent His Son Jesus to die for them. If they will accept His payment for their sin and give themselves to Him, they can truly be happy. At that very moment they will no longer be a part of the unjust. They will have then been made just by the sacrificial love and life of Jesus Christ. A funny thing happens to them at that point in their life. They begin to enjoy justice.
Sometimes our problem with unsaved folk is that we forget, we at one point were just like them. We were not one bit better or worse than they are. We were just like them, unsaved. Then someone told us of Jesus. Will we be the ones to tell them?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Ezekiel 17 – 20 / Proverbs 21:14-17
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Psa. 119:1-88 / 1 Co. 5
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