“Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.“ Proverbs 14:34
We affects me. Our environment indeed shapes our thinking, choices, and behaviors. Family, church, team, community, culture, and nation all contribute. It really sets strong definitions and shapes us.
But God’s Word also teaches that me affects we more powerfully than we think. How you and I live actually impacts our environment. It even reaches the national level. Today’s scripture makes this clear.
To be specific, God wants us to understand two bold things:
* That individual affects corporate (not just the other way around).
* That individual morality matters greatly. (national exaltation or reproach pivots here)
Yes, our commitment to live righteously before God and others amazingly exalts a nation. And conversely, our personal sin perniciously affects others unimaginably more than we could suspect.
So if you want to affect good change in any culture you swim in, pursue personal righteousness. And if you want bury a family, team, church, community, culture or nation, practice unbridled sin.
May I ask:
* Do you actually believe that your pursuit of righteousness or sin powerfully affects others, that moral me affects moral we?
* What fresh pursuit of righteousness needs your attention right now?
Father God, have mercy on me. Too often I foolishly think my sin only affects me (and You), not others. Destroy this independent thinking and raise my dependence on You. My me affects we.
Help me exalt my family, church, team, community, and nation by pursuing personal righteousness as You prescribe. O may my life bring honor, not reproach, to your worthy Name and to all others, especially those who bear Your name too. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Heart for others. ️
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