Proverbs 11 3-11-19

Blessing God requires a blameless heart. Jesus is in the business of creating blameless hearts!

20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

All Solomon had to go on was the Law of Moses and what God had told him early in his kingship. God had come to Solomon in a dream and asked him what he wanted in life. Solomon asked to be able to discern right from wrong. God was pleased and granted his request with one caveat:

And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 1Ki 3:14

In the OT, blessing was determined by conduct. A person earned God’s approval. The problem was that no one was able to maintain his conduct and God’s approval for very long, which is why we needed a new covenant, one based on HIS righteousness and not our own.

Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Ro 10:4

As for being blameless, which is our goal, for in being blameless we delight God [see today’s verse], we receive our blamelessness from Christ and are kept by God Himself:

I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge— 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1Co 1:4-9

Folks, it just doesn’t get any better than this– this side of heaven! Jude, Jesus’s brother, concluded his letter with this blessing:

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling [stumbling] and to present you before his glorious presence without fault [blameless], and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25

Let’s rejoice in so great a salvation and live our lives according to His great and precious promises!

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