Understanding or Transgression?

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Proverbs 13:15

I enjoy the verses in Proverbs that contain a contrast of good vs. evil; right vs. wrong; or wisdom vs. foolishness.  This verse contains two simple and contrasting statements.  “Good understanding giveth favour.”  “The way of transgressors is hard.”

What is this “understanding” that gives favour?  Psalm 111:10 tells us that “…a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.”  Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”  So, we have understanding as being a knowledge of the holy and doing His commandments.  Those are the things that give us true understanding.  Finding out what He says to do and doing it.  If we will do those things, we will have understanding and we will find favour. 

“Doing His commandments” will always bring favour.  It may not bring favour from the world, but it will bring favour from the only One who matters.  God will be pleased if we do what He wills, and that should be all that matters to us.

On the other hand, “the way of transgressors is hard.”  People who do not know the Lord often think that Christianity is “hard.”  They think that it would be “hard” to live a Christian life.  But, the opposite is actually true.  Sin is hard.  Transgression is hard.  Sin is a cruel taskmaster.  I will say from experience that the “hardest” parts of my life have been due directly to my own transgression.  The Lord tells us in Matthew 11:28 to come to Him and that He will “give you rest.” 

The simple question is this: which way to we want to go?  Do we want to go toward “favour” or do we want to take our journey down the “hard way?”  The choice is ours.  The answer should be obvious and easy, but dealing with our old flesh is never easy.  Let us ask the Lord to give us understanding and to avoid transgression!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Asking for that understanding and seeking to avoid those transgressions. Understanding a matter or a person never leaves me with regrets. Transgressing always does.
    God bless you as you teach!

    Reply

    • That’s so true. I have often had regrets over transgression (always), but I have never regretted stopping to try to understand a matter (or person) before acting. Of course, as usually happens, I don’t always do what I know I should. Therein lies the problem for me!

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