“He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.” – Proverbs 11:27
Like others before it, this proverb speaks about how when people pursue doing good or evil there is a fairly obvious outcome.
Let’s start with the assumption we were created by a loving God, Who made us to serve others and Him.
When we acknowledge that, seeking good deeds and the things of the Lord is obviously worthwhile, because it’s what God intended for us to do.
This sort of proverb makes sense if you think about it.
In general a person gets along much better with his family, friends, and work-mates if he seeks good and not evil deeds in life.
When doing good for those around him, a person is going to be pleasantly surprised that he feels better for it. When he seeks the good, and is not selfishly after the praise, a person will be blessed relationally.
When one seeks to control his space and relationships with manipulation or acts with evil intents, he will find that sin has a way of always leaving a stain, a hurt, or loss in multiple ways.So what of evil? The promises of evil deeds are bountiful and enticing but do they deliver?
Now, what can we learn as Christians?
Christ’s way is always the better way. He modelled a servant’s attitude, and showed that it was the more blessed way to live. Seeking other’s good and building up others was always the model Jesus taught, and Paul echoed this in his letters. To seek our own advantage above our family’s or friends’ interests, is to invest in trouble and pain.
More reading: Philippians 2:1-11
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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.
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