Proverbs 17: King James Bible
A Repeat Offender – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verse 9
9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Repeat Offender
Would you be considered a repeat offender in the eyes of the Lord? I know I am, and repent with intentions of not repeating a matter as often as I notice it’s called for.
There are two different directions that this verse can take. The first direction would be defined as our relationships with others.
When you apply our relationships with others when chewing on this verse, you can see that it may shine a light through some cracks in our armor. For example, are you willing to cover a transgression against you from either a loved one or an acquaintance?
How about an enemy? I said relationships above, that doesn’t necessarily limit meanings behind this verse to good or friendly relationships. Would you honestly say, that you cover any offences that have been done against you by an enemy?
The heat of offense often causes us to forget the words of the Lord, when he told everyone to love their enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us, or spitefully use us, that we would be found children of the Living God. These words tend to rest quietly when your blood is boiling.
Now, why would the Lord put a commandment on us that is so difficult and against all that our flesh is craving for, as it relates to some kind of retribution when wronged or offended? Because that’s how he handles things.
The Lord sends rain on the just and the unjust alike, and that is the attitude that he wills for us to carry on, as we suffer different things that may come at us from others. That’s how he does it, and blesses us for being obedient while doing the same.
The first half of verse 9 is advice about covering an offense, the second half is a heads up about us being the offenders. Either way, when we look at this verse through the lens of it defining our person to person relationships, we see instruction how to handle an offense aimed toward us, and how not to handle when we offend.
The second direction that this verse can take when we mull it over, is our relationship toward the Father. Or rather, the first half of the verse is from him to us, the second half is from us to him (if that makes any sense).
Before Christ, the sacrifices that the Lord would receive, would cover offences against the law of the Lord. But since Christ, it is his sacrifice that removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west.
He that has covered the transgressions of the whole world, did it for the reason of seeking love. He loves his children, and wills for none to perish. Were it not for the foolishness of man, all would be saved and spend all eternity with the Father through the blood of the Lamb.
But we know that isn’t the case. Many people who are proud repeat offenders, does their own part pushing the Father away from them, whether they know it or not. Their own savior, pushed aside for the sake of their own sin or pride.
A tragedy that will be felt for all eternity by those who refuse to repent from their sin, and say in their heart that there is no God, or that he had no son. He has a Son, and his name is Jesus!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 24: King James Bible
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
John 16: King James Bible
16 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
Thank you as always, for the richness and depth that we can find in your Word. Thank you for guiding us through it, and for opening our eyes to your instruction. Should any of us be a repeat offender in your eyes, touching anything at all, please forgive us, open our eyes to it, and lead us in repentance for them Lord. We all would rather you look upon us, and see us without wrinkle or spot. Please aid us in removing all these wrinkles! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Again I’ll ask the question… Are you a repeat offender?