Monday, April 8, 2013

Things to Avoid

In reading Proverbs 8 this morning it's easy for us to see the importance and value of wisdom. But as I dig into this Proverb, I can't help but notice the words found in verse 13. It says, "All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,  corruption and perverse speech." If you have a healthy fear of the Lord, there are some things that you will avoid at all costs. Why? Because He  hates them too. Do you hate evil? And I don't mean dabbling in it here and there, but staying as far away from it as possible. How about pride and arrogance? These two things are so commonplace. Is there anything you do or say in your life that would come across as proud or arrogant? If so, the Lord hates it. What is pleasing to the Lord is not pride or arrogance, but humility. And to conclude He hates corruption and perverse speech. His desire is for us to be upright and righteous in all things with not even a hint of corruption. And as far as what comes out of our mouths, let us heed Ephesians 4:29, "Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." If you're a person who fears the Lord, live in a way that pleases Him, not doing things that He hates.

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