Proverbs 16 3-16-19

Did you know: God works with us and through us to reach others. He invites us to join Him in His work.

6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

Let’s deal with the second half first. “Through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.” That’s OT (Old Covenant). “Perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18. Before Christ came, God showed His greatness; Christ came to show us His goodness. There is no need to fear God any longer! We avoid evil because we think like Christ now. We have Him in us calling us to come “higher up and further in” with Him! Besides, we know sin destroys us; it is to our benefit for us to avoid it.

Now for the first half: “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;” we show His love to those around us. We are His marquees, His billboards. As people see us, the Spirit calls their attention to the extraordinary love we are displaying and asks them to come along. It may take a while–it may even take our lives, even our deaths– but we joyfully and freely do it because He is with us propelling us forward, encouraging us and filling us with His love, joy, peace, hope, grace, faith, courage, truth, and an increasing compassion for even the “vilest of sinners” (people we don’t like to be around). It sounds simple because it is. All we have to do is love like Christ as He directs us.

NOW we understand why we stay connected to Him through prayer, Bible study, church, fellowship with other believers, and the constant contact we have with Him throughout the day. Christianity is not a religion (mankind seeking God); it’s a relationship (God reaching out to us and living in us). Let’s take His hand as He leads us to the next person He is calling!

Wouldn’t it be great if we all let Christ lead us?

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