Proverbs 20:6-8

6 Many claim to have unfailing love,

   but a faithful person who can find?

7 The righteous lead blameless lives;

   blessed are their children after them.

8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,

   he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

 

 It is much more difficult to honor a commitment than to make one. This is especially true when it comes to love. Affection voices itself in the language of commitment – “I’ll always” and “I’ll never,” but who can control their feelings? Unfailing love may begin with feelings, but it is sustained by faithfulness. This is a virtue, like all others, which must be developed. Instead of spending your time looking for the “right person,” focus instead on becoming the right person. Develop the faithfulness and fortitude necessary to do the right thing in spite of your feelings, and you will be able to love regardless of circumstances.

 “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” It is not always easy to do the right thing, especially in the face of emotion. Yet as the righteous know, it is worth the effort. To be blameless does not mean to be without conflict, but rather to handle conflict correctly. If someone has something against you, go to them and resolve it. If you have something against someone else, the peace of forgiveness is worth the difficulty of sacrifice. Not only is your own well-being at stake, but also that of others. The righteous are keen to do the right thing, not least to set an example for those around them.

 “When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.” Winnowing is the process of separating wheat from chaff, the useful from the useless. The evil scatter In the face of judgement, allowing the good to prevail. The throne of judgement belongs to the king, he is responsible for the keeping of justice. If the government fails to uphold justice, who will? What will keep evil from corrupting good? The greatest responsibility of government is protection, not only from evil without but also from within.  

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