Identity Crisis: Pursue God
Have you ever felt like this: “Nobody likes me.” “If only I had her looks, everyone would like me.” “If I only had his money, then they would be my friends.”
Can I let you in on a secret? These things that we think attract people, they are only superficial. These things attract people who are superficial and dependent on outside things, but we are told that there is a certain type of person that attracts true friends.
We are told in Proverbs 11:16-21,
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 Truly the righteous attain life,
but whoever pursues evil finds death.
20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
There are two different types of people described here and the scripture breaks each of them down. The first is a kindhearted person. This description is escalated in this order: kindhearted>kind>righteous>blameless. What do these mean? They mean humble, courteous, modest, good, and upright. What do these ultimately lead to? We are told in verse nineteen that the righteous will attain life. Those who are righteous will attain eternal life. By being righteous, you obtain more than friendships that won’t last, you obtain life itself.
The second type of person is described as ruthless. The description is escalated in this order: ruthless>cruel>wicked>evil>perverse. What do these mean? They mean vile, immoral, sinful, having no pity, no compassion, or being uncaring. What do these ultimately lead to? Verse seventeen tells us that this type of person brings ruin on themselves. In the end, verse nineteen tells us that those who pursue this line leads to death. When you are ruthless and cruel you bring destruction and death on yourself.
Ultimately, none of these are superficial. They are not something that can be bought or that you are born with. They describe your character, not your characteristics. These are character points that are developed in you. Are you kindhearted or ruthless? Which path are you headed down? What do others around you say about you?
What do you think? How do our actions lead our path in life?
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