There is value in noting Proverbs 14:4 and comparing that to how we want to keep things like church buildings nice and pristine. We aren’t here to make clean mangers. The goal of our lives is to walk in obedience, bringing increase to the Kingdom.
I also want to highlight a thought about Proverbs 14:14 and the backslider’s filling compared to the good man’s satisfaction. Of note in this idea is that those who slip away from the right path, the backslidden, do not do without. In fact, they are filled.
But it’s more like the filling you get from a terrible meal, and then you eat a bit more. Sure, it’s enough. It’s just unpleasant, and in the long run, you regret it.
Backsliding, attaining to growth and then falling backwards from it, is the same way. We get what we want, but it’s never enough.
The other option is that we choose to be good, to be God-honoring in our behavior. This provides true satisfaction, not a temporary feeling of fullness that won’t last. That won’t be worth having.
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