Contempt and Shame

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Daily Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-14:29, Acts 18:23-19:12, Psalm 146:1-10, Proverbs 18:2-3

Daily Verse: “When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.” Prov. 18:3

Contempt and shame.

Punishment for wickedness comes naturally from the community. Once people learn about the treachery, they turn their backs on the perpetrator. Scoundrels eventually get what they deserve, but sometimes it takes time.

We see this theme in movies often.   Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman, told the story of a school administrator who embezzled money. The film begins with everyone loving his smooth personality and positive ways, but by the end, the truth comes out, and the community turns on him. Wickedness exposed.

Volunteering with the 1st-3rd graders, studying Eve and her life-changing bite, one of my young friends asked me if “God created sin?”  I explained that He didn’t create sin, but God did give us free will, which means we have a choice in what we do, just like Eve did when she bit the forbidden fruit.

“That’s good. I didn’t like thinking about God creating sin,” she responded.

We choose our actions, and we suffer the consequences that go with them.

Thank You for loving us, Lord, even when we make bad decisions. Help us to honor and serve You well today. Let us make good decisions that bring life to those around us. IJNIP. Amen

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