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Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Romans 3:10-18 (Daily Verse and Comment)

 Romans 3:10-18

(10) As it is written: 
" There is none righteous, no, not one;
(11) There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
(12) They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one."
(13) " Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit";
" The poison of asps is under their lips";
(14) " Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
(15) " Their feet are swift to shed blood;
(16) Destruction and misery are in their ways;
(17) And the way of peace they have not known."
(18) " There is no fear of God before their eyes." 
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Quite an indictment of the nature that drives human society! This helps us to understand that even the struggles between nations are really only small problems grown great. Two major powers locked in a hot war may seem more complex than neighbors arguing over a backyard fence or a family quarrel, but the causes are essentially the same.

Are there problems in our families? If we make an honest search for the cause, we will find that one or both sides are lusting for something and competing for it. Either abuse of authority or an unwillingness to submit—or both—will be present because one or both sides want something and feel this is the only way to get it.

Since we cannot serve two masters, lust drives us to serve ourselves to get what we desire. The spin-offs will be insensitivity, inattention, lack of cooperation, gluttony, alcoholism, quarrels, adultery, and lying. Our children will learn to be disobedient, nervous, selfish, and rowdy.

In II Corinthians 11:3, Paul writes that men's minds have been "corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." This means that the massive city, state, national, and global problems are merely individual problems multiplied by the population. Nothing will change on earth until individuals are convinced that the solution to the problems begins with them. They first have to work to change themselves before they can begin to expect the community's problems to disappear.

This principle holds true in marriage. If the cause is the same as in individual family quarrels, the solution is also the same. Love, tolerance, kindness, mercy, patience, forgiving, sharing, cooperating, and helping, all done with and through contact with the true God and the power of His Spirit activated and used by the individual's faith, will do the job.

— John W. Ritenbaugh

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