Rewarding Evil

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house–Proverbs 17:13

We need to be very careful with how we deal with people and the evil we try to bring into their lives. The Bible is pretty clear that if we reward evil, we will be dealing with trouble for the rest of our lives.

An example of this is in David’s life. He “rewarded” Uriah’s integrity and faithfulness with evil. From that point on, evil did not depart from David’s own house. In 2 Samuel 12:10-11 it says, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house, because thou hast despised me and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take they wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with they wives in the sight of this sun.”

Uriah was a good soldier that had integrity. When David saw his wife and got her pregnant, he tried to get Uriah to come home off the battlefield so he would sleep with his wife and the baby would seem to be Uriah’s. However, Uriah, said he couldn’t come off the battlefield if his men were still there. So David had him moved to the front line so he would be killed. As mentioned in 2 Samuel, 12:10-11, David rewarding Uriah with evil, brought nothing but pain and hardship from God.

Rewarding with evil, means we’re doing evil things to people. Modern day example of what David did are destroying people’s reputation so we can move up the corporate ladder.

We need to be very careful how we treat others. The saying, what goes around comes around is very true. Not only will we have to account for our actions to God one day, but here on Earth we will have to deal with the wickedness we have sewn. God will forgive us of our sins, but there are still consequences for our actions.

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