Book: Proverbs 11
“Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.”
Do you realize how your actions influence the prosperity of your family, community and city? Yes, by your encouraging words and actions of love, you are able to help others succeed around you. As they experience your care for them they pass it on to others. A community that works together (supporting each other) becomes prosperous in so many ways.
In our individualistic culture this proverb is ignored as each person focuses on themselves. It is all about what they can do, be and get. There is not an understanding that working together can accomplish a lot more. There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together.”
There is a connection between being an “upright citizen” and a city prospering. These citizen’s actions are benefiting all those around them. Imagine a city where all the citizens are involved in crime. How prosperous would you say that community is? Now compare that where revival breaks out and everyone is sharing and looking out for each other. That is a prosperous community.
That reminds me of a revival story that took place in history where the whole community was drawn to God and got right with Him. The crime rate dropped to zero and the jails were empty. The police had so much time on their hands that they started a choir. Even the communities around prospered because of these citizens.
Those who are not upright citizens will tear down others and scheme how to take advantage of the community. When people shoplift they forget that that costs the community. The shop owner has to charge everyone else more to cover the loss, security has to be hired to scare off such people and the police have to spend time dealing with such people. A simple stolen can of pop could cost the community hundreds of dollars. But the upright citizen finds ways to provide great benefit to their fellow citizens.
Consider how you can help your community prosper. Ask the Lord to show you what He wants you to do to bless your community.