Proverbs 12:20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
Something made me read Romans last night, I did it during the ball game... and I think I needed to read something in Romans to understand this verse... Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil means that we trick ourselves into believing what we are doing is ok... it not deceit of another person...it a deceiving of ourselves... we tell ourselves half truths so that we can do something we think is wrong and not feel bad about it... but have you ever noticed you still feel bad... you have to later deceive yourself again by telling yourself "it is ok that I did that because"... in Romans it tells us that if we think something is wrong it is a sin to do it!!...it is as simple as that... doing something we think is wrong even if its not written down as a sin is still a sin...now think back about a time when you thought of doing something wrong... and you tried to convince yourself that it was ok...but you couldn't...and you decided not to do that something because you felt it was wrong... notice you didn't have to ponder and plot all day, to worry, to over-think your actions ... you just went about enjoying you day.. enjoying being the key word here!!!... enjoy is to take pleasure in... when you are enjoying your day.. you are filled with joy... joy is pleasure!!... the movies can make "joy" seem bigger than life but "joy" is simply being able to take pleasure in what you are doing... we are rewarded with joy when we do good... when we just go about our day doing what is right... so next time you feel yourself convincing yourself that something is right.. stop and say... I will not deceive myself today!!... if you find yourself plotting and planning stop because that plotting and planning is self deception... don't talk yourself into sin... just say to yourself no I would rather enjoy my day!!.. and take notice of that good feeling inside of you and know that feeling is the 'joy" God is rewarding you with.