Proverbs 3: King James Bible
Love thy Neighbor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter three, Verses 29-30
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
These are pretty straight forward verses. Nonetheless, I’d like to take a closer look into verse 29 for a moment.
One may say, I’m all set with this one, because I don’t do anything against anyone. I don’t do evil against my neighbor, nor do I give anyone a hard time for no reason.
Fair enough, but this verse doesn’t say specifically don’t “do” evil against your neighbor. If you’ve done evil against your neighbor, that would be the last step taken in that action.
In verse 29, the Lord is nipping it in the bud before it metastasizes into an action, by rolling it back into the heart. “Devise” not is what the scripture says.
Devise: plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought.
synonyms: conceive, think up, dream up, work out, formulate, concoct;
Have you ever brewed over something that someone’s done to you? Have you ever noticed that when you let it take root, that you start thinking things that you know the Lord wouldn’t approve of? I have.
We have a tendency to believe that if we don’t take an action on something, then we’re not guilty of doing it. Jesus made it perfectly clear that the Father sees things much differently than that, in this case as it relates to adultery.
Matthew 5: King James Bible
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Iniquity is an internal condition, yielding fruit which is sin. When iniquities are done away with, so goes the related sin. This is the bulls-eye the Lord is concentrating on in verse 29.
All this said, we are to love our neighbors, even if we have perfectly sound reasoning to either hate them or valid reasoning to want to do evil against them. You see, Loving your neighbor goes beyond the ones that you can stand, but transcends past that into the neighbors that might be doing you dirty.
The most powerful act of forgiveness, is when it’s least deserved.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 19: King James Bible
19 Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Romans 13: King James Bible
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 15: King James Bible
2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
James 2: King James Bible
8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
Prayer – Love thy Neighbor
Thank you for caring for our heart condition. Thank you for digging deeper into us, to purify us all the more, cleansing us from iniquities, aiding us to do things the way you’d like for us to do them. If we harbor any ill will against our neighbor, help us to forgive, and love our neighbors the way you’d will for us to do so. Guide us every step of the way, as our desire is to be more like you in all that we do. In the name of Jesus we pray.
Have you ever harbored something in your heart that has affected you physically?
Thanks for checking out this addition to the Daily Devotional “Love thy Neighbor.”