We care because He cares.
Proverbs 29:2, NIV 2011 “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice. When the wicked rule, the people groan.”
Proverbs 29:7, NIV 2011 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
Proverbs 29:16, NIV 2011 When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.
Proverbs 28:16, NIV “ A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign. “
Psalm 23, NIV 2011 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
John 10:7-10, NIV 2011 “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Applying wisdom to our community means:
We must learn to listen better.
Proverbs 29:12 NIV If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
Proverbs 25:4-5, NIV 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; 5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
1 Thess. 5:12-15, NIV 2011 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Proverbs 29:18, NIV “ Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”
We must let God sort it out.
Proverbs 29:13, NIV 2011 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
Proverbs 22:2, Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.
Proverbs 29:25-26, NIV 2011 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. 26 Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
We must find our voice for those who have lost theirs.
Proverbs 29:27, NIV 2011 “ The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.”
Matthew 5:13-16, NIV 2011 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 8:14-17, NIV 2011 14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Mark 10:13-16, NIV 2011 “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
“...Talk behind each other’s backs constantly. Just talk about the right stuff. Talk about Jesus. Talk about grace. Talk about love and acceptance. People don’t grow where they are informed; they grow where they’re loved and accepted. Talk about who people are becoming and who you see them turning into. And give people medals, lots of them. The people around us should be walking around looking like the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They should jingle when they walk. It’s this simple: I want people to meet you and me and feel like they’ve just met everyone in heaven.” Bob Goff, Everything Always, p. 32
“Memorize that. Memorize grace. Make it your finger memory. Lose the stages. Your faith isn’t a recital. Speak some jazz into people’s lives when they miss a couple of notes. Run to them. Don’t give them advice; say their names. And if you don’t know their names, don’t say a thing. Because God makes people, and people make issues, but people aren’t issues. They’re not projects either. People are people. The next time someone near you messes up, pull them aside in private. Don’t give them a pile of instructions like it’s sheet music. Just give them a hug. You’ll be making grace and love and acceptance finger memory for them too.” Bob Goff, Everything Always, p. 83