Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 24th, 2017
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV)
Pleasing the Lord
Our enemies can be those at work, in our classroom, in our neighbourhood, or even in our home. We can become exhausted by simply “trying harder.” What is our hope for the end of the constant struggle? This verse tells us that He will graciously show us how to please Him even before the conflict is over. Then, we can look for the ways the Lord to work on our behalf to bring peace. Peace is better than “winning!”
A friend of mine from Israel recently visited Canada and his dream was to paddle a canoe. So I took him to our family’s cottage outside of Thunder Bay (we call them camps in that neck of the woods) and let him live his dream. It was as quintessentially Canadian as you might imagine. Canoe guru Bill Mason described it this way, “The Canadian canoe is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. There is nothing so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile.”
The Lord Jesus often speaks about how we are to treat others. He put the entire law of God in two commands – love God with everything in us and love our neighbours as ourselves. While King Solomon didn’t use these words, he does recognize that loving God does have a direct impact on our relationship with others. In Proverbs 16:7 he writes: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” The Bible teaches that we can’t transform our hearts by anything we do. The heart can only be set free from sin and filled with God’s love through faith in Jesus Christ. From that transformed heart comes a life lived to please the Lord. It begins with loving the Lord, but it then affects our relationship with others. By God’s grace we are enabled to love even those who are difficult to love. We begin to see our enemies through the eyes of Jesus and we can then love them as He does. Who do you need to love with the love of Jesus today? Ask Him to first transform your heart.
These have been words from the heart.