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Monday, June 1, 2020

296345-46014-43[1]Proverbs 23:1-25

Goodness Within

We have been reflecting on the Trinity this past week and have concluded that the goodness and compassion lives within each of us even though it may be difficult to discern.  Today we consider the goodness that lives within each of us – the well-behaved along with those who intend destruction.  And in Proverbs we find sound advice that blooms when read through the lens of the New Testament and the covenant of the new Law of Love.

Toil not to gain wealth; cease to be concerned about it; while your glance flits to it, it is gone! . . .

Remove not the ancient landmark, nor invade the fields of orphans; for their redeemer is strong; he will defend their cause against you . . .

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge . . .

Get the truth and sell it not – wisdom, instruction and understanding . . .

Let your father and mother have joy; let her who bore you exult . . .

We are also told to beat our boys with a rod so that they do not die.  Of course when we consider the context of this advice we understand the wisdom of the era; today we know that brutality only begets more brutality, brings on depression and initiates waves of violence.

The Book of Proverbs has much to say to us.  It is best taken in parts and considered in light of its era.  When allowed to rest in our hearts for a time, it nurtures the seeds of wisdom planted within by the Maker, redeemed and transformed by the Savior, and cherished and graced by the Spirit.  We have only to open our hearts and ears; we have only to meditate on the Word . . .  to know that goodness created us . . . and longs to live within us.

Tomorrow, finding the stamina to survive . . .


Image from: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/trinity-celtic-symbol.html

Adapted from a reflection written on September 30, 2010.

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