Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 27th, 2017
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
Proverbs 11:10-11 (NIV)
The Blessing of the Upright
Living in the ways of the Lord may seem like a very personal thing. But, this verse shows us that when a community has righteous people living to please the Lord and follow His ways, it brings blessing to the entire community. Today thank the Lord for those in your neighbourhood, city, and nation who love the Lord and serve Him.
Perception and reality are not necessarily the same thing. For example, in 2014 Canadians were polled and asked this question: “Thinking about the city of such and such, would you say you consider it very safe, safe, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe, or very unsafe?” Not one province, gender or age group came close to the correct order of safe cities. In 2014, Toronto was the safest city in Canada and yet in the poll, it was ranked 14th.
Followers of Jesus are called to be salt and light in our world. If we are truly living for Jesus we will have an impact on our society for righteousness, justice and peace. Christians ought to bring a beautiful flavour to our world, so that others are attracted to our Lord. Throughout history, men and women of God who have lived their faith with integrity and have integrated their faith with their daily lives have brought about positive change in their communities. This was so in Solomon’s day. He wrote this in Proverbs 11:10-11: “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.” If you have been redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ, He has made you righteous. Your community ought to rejoice as you bring the compassion of Jesus into the lives of those you connect with each day. Solomon noticed that a city that was filled with God’s people, living out their faith, is blessed, exalted. How are you bringing Jesus’ love to your community these days?
These have been words from the heart.