Why Are the Wicked Paranoid?

Reading the Word

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.(Proverbs 28:1, ESV)

Understanding and Applying the Word

The wicked person flees when no one pursues. The reason that the wicked person always feels anxious and in danger is because his actions have created many enemies and a guilty conscience. The result is paranoia. By contrast, the righteous person has no such fear and lives as boldly as a lion.

We must always be aware that our words and actions have consequences. We have the potential to create many enemies and cause ourselves much anxiety. We also have the opportunity to make friends and allies and create security for ourselves. The path of righteousness is also the path of wisdom.

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