20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
From a Christian perspective, if we keep the commandments of God through the teachings of Jesus the Christ, we will learn what righteousness is. We will learn from Christians who have walked before us and with us, and together we will hold each other up. We will hold each other accountable for our actions lovingly and encourage one another to grow stronger in the faith.
There is a land that Christians dwell in: The Kingdom of Heaven. We know that we will be perfect when we reach that land, so we should be growing towards that end. Jesus said, “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect”(Matthew 5). That is a lofty command. We know that in this present life, we are only made perfect through the blood of Jesus and faith in His sacrifice.
However, we also know that the Lord works mightily in our lives to transform our inner man into His image (2 Corinthians 4). Overtime, according to the faith and time on this earth we are given, we should begin to experience the Kingdom of Heaven even now. Then, when Jesus returns to overthrow the “strange woman” and her lover, Jesus will establish His Kingdom and those who are perfect will live there with Him.
I also think about a Christian goal. We are to live in this world without being corrupted by the world (1 John 2). When considering all that is going on here in the United States and around the world, it is good to know that Jesus can provide us with the wisdom and strength to “maintain our vessel in sanctification” (1 Thessalonians). If we follow the ways of Jesus Christ, we will be “wise virgins” with our lamps full and ready! (Matthew 25)
I don’t know how to do this perfectly, and I don’t know anyone who does aside from the blood of Jesus, but we can get better at following Jesus without allowing the wickedness of the world to overcome us and pull us into sinfulness.
I would like to think that the wicked who reject Jesus will not succeed in taking over our country. I would like to think that they will be removed from us so that our nation can live “under God” as it was created to. Maybe that will happen, then maybe not.
In any case, we know that the godless and those who reject Jesus will not inherit everlasting life in the Kingdom of Heaven. When Jesus returns, He will overthrow them. Vengeance is His, and He will avenge those who love and serve Him. Knowing this can help us to maintain our vessel without fear or giving into corruption, no matter how dark the world gets.
For today, I am going to recap all that I have learned so far from this study in Proverbs and think on these things. I would like to read all of the chapters of the bible cited also. If you have something you’d like to discuss, something I might have missed, or a question, please feel free to leave a comment.
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Well said, Amanda.
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