2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will walk in my house
with blameless heart.
3 I will set before my eyes
no vile thing.
The deeds of faithless men I hate;
they will not cling to me.
4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with evil.
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
him will I put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
him will I not endure.
Jesus instructs us to be “in the world, but not of it.” I have been trying to figure this out over the last several years – to find that balance. The above texts help me to see that more clearly. It’s been said that one should live their life in such a way that if someone started a rumor about you, no one would believe it. That, to me, is living a blameless life.
Walking in one’s house “with [a] blameless heart” means that we should live a life of integrity. When our private life and our personal (e.g. secret) life are congruent, we can walk with out head’s held high.
I love the quote from Job, to not set before our eyes any “vile” thing. “Garbage in, garbage out.” If I don’t put those things in front of me, then I won’t have to deal with the effects.
Verse 4 really gets to the heart of the matter – to not associate with men of “perverse hearts.” While I don’t think this precludes us from discipling, mentoring, and witnessing to others – I do think it is talking about those who influence us. Are we the influencer or are we being influenced by these men of perverse hearts. I have at times found myself to weak to associate with certain individuals, so I removed myself from them and in effect, ended our friendship.
Today, I can go into bars and clubs without too much concern, but there are still certain places I would avoid – due to my own moral weaknesses. I think this needs to also apply to our media choices (e.g. magazines, music, TV, movies, etc). It is one thing to browse popular culture in order to be aware, but quite another altogether to seek enlightenment, entertainment, and encouragement from those sources.
Verse 5 really leaps out at me. What I hear that saying is that when one begins to gossip, or slander another – stop them. And don’t suffer the foolishness of the proud and arrogant. Walk away, rebuke them, or just have nothing to do with them – these are two of the seven deadly sins, right?
- I must live a life of integrity.
- Eliminate anything that would cause me to keep secrets – or be ashamed.
- Make a solid choice to not allow, or seek, vile and perverted things in my life.
- Stop the gossiper and slanderer.
- Don’t suffer the foolishness of pride and arrogance.
Father God – these are some fine simple rules – but are much more difficult to incorporate into one’s life (my life) than they should be. Please give me the courage to be a man of integrity, a man that is in the world, but not of it, a man who doesn’t seek perversion, and a man who doesn’t tolerate the slander and arrogance of others.