BDBD is Proverb 14:22

The plans I make show what is in my heart and what will happen to me in the future. If I plot evil I will go astray (22, 5:22-23, 12:26). If I plan what is good I will find love and faithfulness (22, 20:28). 3:3-4 states the reciprocal, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.┬áThen you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

Love and faithfulness are key ingredients to a joyful and happy future. I can exercise and find love by plan and design. Love is an emotion expressed in action. I can plan to express an act of love today to a spouse, a parent, a child, and a friend. I can also plan to love those who make themselves my enemy.

This prophetic proverb tells me that if I plot evil for those who are my enemy, then I will be led astray from people and God. Perhaps my evil plot will succeed. But as Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36) Will I be happy and joyful when I watch my enemy fall and at the same time not find love and faithfulness, sitting all alone day after day?