Obey the Law Fight the Wicked

To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them. 
Proverb 28:4 

Many times, whenever we obey God’s law, we think of it in the context of solely our relationship with God.
However, this verse invites us to meditate further.
How does our obedience or disobedience to God’s law affect the wicked around us? 

Who are the wicked? Those who reject God’s law.
When we reject God’s law, we are actually approving wickedness.
In fact, it is just a matter of time before we join the wicked.

On the other hand, obeying God’s law = fighting the wicked.
How is that possible?
As we obey God’s law, we become the light of the world and the salt of the earth. 

Light repels darkness.
Likewise, the wicked may not be able to stand within our circle of influence.
Why? Because our light exposes their darkness. 
That may explain why at times we have less and less friends the moment we follow Lord Jesus.

Salt is used as food preservative.
Even when the wicked chooses to stand within our influence, they will think twice before they commit any evil act.
In the way, we preserve the spiritual atmosphere within our influence: we prevent it from decaying further. 
An example.
When I was in high school, a notorious group of friends used vulgarity every now and then.
However, the moment I stepped in their midst, they would stop speaking vulgarity.
They would then speak politely.

Even as the light and the salt,
as much as possible, we should invite the wicked to obey God’s law too.

Have we been the light of the world and salt of the earth to the people around us? 

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Posted December 28, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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