These 10 verses pack a lot of applicable truth in 3 important topics: Character, Laziness & Neighboring.
Verses 23-26 shows how we are to show no partially in judgment. When you are telling those who are evil that they are right and good, you are not only going against the character of God but you will be cursed by the people around you. We have seen rulers and leaders who have done this that history books have not been so kind to years later. How much more will they be judged by God? But in those positions of authority, when you bring justice upon the wicked, you will be blessed. This is not saying that we are to go against Jesus’ teaching of loving our enemies but instead aligning with Jesus’ desires for earthly justice. Our character matters with what we do with evil. Justice is done by Jesus’ blood on the cross or the righteous judgment of God.
Verses 27 and 30-33 deals with laziness and hard work. We are told in verse 27 how we are to take care of our work responsibilities before taking care of the building of our own home. This is similar to Jesus’ message of counting the cost when following Him. Verses 30-33 shows how laziness leads to poverty. God uses strong language for such a person comparing them to a sluggard and a person with no sense. They justify their laziness saying it’s just a little sleep, a little slumber, a little rest but in the end it’s a laziness that leads to poverty. Work as if you’re working for the Lord.
Last of all, verses 28-29 teaches us a thing or two about neighboring, something we talked about as a church last spring. Don’t falsely slander others or deceive people. Do not try to get revenge and try to pay people back for what they’ve done to you. For many people, neighboring in such a way is getting taken advantage of. In reality, it’s treating others how Jesus treats us. What an amazing opportunity to be Jesus to those around us.
- How do you show partiality toward others?
- In what areas can you be lazy in?
- How are you doing in your “neighboring”?
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By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor