Together in Christ: 'Praiseworthy!' — Proverbs 12:8

Sunday, July 23, 2023

A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.
— Proverbs 12:8 NLT

Key Thought

Have you ever had someone do a building project and use a warped board somewhere in their work? Not good! Nothing is ever straight. You are always trying to make compensating adjustments for the warped board. The work takes much longer and there are constant problems to overcome.

Things are very similar with a person with a warped mind. They are constantly meddling in unhealthy ideas, internet searches, ways to get out of work, ways to cheat others, ways to get away with laziness, ways to blame others, ways to have inappropriate sexual liaisons, and a host of other things.

Unfortunately, nearly all of us will be forced to work near, or live near, someone with a warped mind. These warped people seem oblivious that people avoid them, despise them, and dislike their evil intentions. Some warped minds even feel superior to those around them — they believe they are smarter, more creative, and more productive. Such people drag down productivity and morale. So, how do we cope with such people when we can't escape them? What do we do when the "avoid every form of evil" solution is impossible?

I found two solutions in Scripture that are really attractive to me, and I hope you find them to work for you:

Strategy One: A Prayer for our Times of Frustration

End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God. [1]

Strategy Two: A Declaration of Our Values

Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my God. [2]

Both are ways for us to remember who we are and Whose we are!

[1] Psalm 7:9.
[2] Psalm 119:115.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, I want to be salt to the world in decay and light to the world in darkness. However, dear Father, I am frustrated trying to do my work and live my life with integrity when warped and evil people are trying to undermine what I do. I need Your help to keep from growing more cynical, jaded, and resentful. I need to know the right moments to demand evil people stay away from me. O, God, I ask for Your help as I seek to live righteously and compassionately. I am turning to You, Father, to help me through this difficult time as I try to deal with a warped person in a way that reflects my love and dependence upon You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 4:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, 6:9-11


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Illustration of Proverbs 12:8 NLT — A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.

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Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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