Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. Proverbs 10:6, 7
Blessings: of men, in recognition of good men
Righteous: just in conduct and character
Violence: rude wickedness of men, their noisy, wild, ruthlessness
Wicked: one guilty of crime, deserving punishment
Blessed: benefit, praise
Wicked: guilty of sin, against either God or man
Rot: to decay, be cursed
What do you remember?
Is there a memory that causes you to smile? Or one that makes you break out in laughter?
Is there a memory that causes you shame? Or one that makes you cry?
Memories evoke emotion.
Think back to a time you did something wrong. I don't mean you made a mistake. I mean a time that you sinned, disobeyed God. As you think of that moment in time, does your emotion change to shame and sadness? It should, for you sinned against God Almighty.
Yet, as one listens to wisdom, and acts in accordance to that wisdom, the actions and attitudes create memories of joy and blessing! Memories that make one smile and break out in laughter! The emotion of joy from obeying God Almighty makes one glow!
What is your reputation?
Reputation: a publicly recognized name: either for a favorable and publicly recognized for merit, achievement, reliability; OR recognized for disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.
A reputation lasts long after you are gone. When your name is remembered will it bring smiles or sadness to your family and friends? Will they remember your sinful and dishonesty? Or will they remember how you listened and obeyed God's wisdom?
Personal memories of joy because of obedience to God. Lasting memories of a life lived in honor of God.
Personal conflict and sadness because of disobedience to God. A disgraceful and dishonest reputation living on long after you are gone as a testimony of your rebellion against God.
Personal Memories vs Personal Conflict. In order to create personal memories of joy, one must have a heart that is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG).