Originally published on July 28, 2009
Pride and forgiveness. Hm. The go hand and hand, or well maybe they don’t ever touch. They can’t exist together! Our Savior says forgive as I have forgiven you! Tough stuff. Imagine Joseph – his brothers ‘killed’ him, his boss sent him away, his ‘friends’ forgot him, but he still forgave and lived to give the glory to God.
Do you think Joseph may have started this Proverb?
Proverbs 24:17New International Version (NIV)
17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
Then look at the next verse – just as Jesus says forgive and you will be forgiven, I think this Proverb says, “Gloat and you will fall” or “Have Pride and well, its your turn to stumble”.
18 or the LORD will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from him.
I like how the message phrase that last part – or he might “take pity on his plight”.
17-18 Don’t laugh when your enemy falls;
don’t crow over his collapse.
God might see, and become very provoked,
and then take pity on his plight.
Lets be transformed and changed. And lets forgive and lets help our ‘enemies’ – after all who really is your enemy?