Gossips tell secrets, don’t listen. Gossips tell stories about others, don’t hang around. Gossips tear down others. Don’t waste your time with them. Turn away from gossip, like evil, and don’t look back.
Proverbs gives us good / goodly advice. These versus remind me of the prophet who wrote “What does the Lord require of you? Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God!”
In a time where we are told to be tolerant and not to be judgmental, we are being told that everyone can decide for himself or herself what is right or wrong. But that doesn’t work. God given morals tell us what is right and what is wrong. The further we move away from God the worse things get. Proverbs is right, evil people desire evil. Only God can change them or us.
Proverbs is full of wisdom and common sense. Follow this good advice and life is better. Ignore it or do your own thing and life is not so good. Why do so many people today reject God given wisdom and direction? The result is never good. Take this common sense to heart and live an uncommon life.
We know that we can’t earn or buy God’s favor. God already loves us. The Christian life is the product of faith. Proverbs says it is better to do what is good and just than to bring an offering. Both are important. But actions, doing the right things for the right reasons, are more important than just making a financial sacrfice.
It is easy for us to come up with reasons and excuses to justify our actions. But God looks at the heart. He doesn’t want our excuses, He wants our hearts. God loves us. He wants us to return His love by loving and following Him.
I was taught to stop, look and listen before crossing a road. Good advice. God gives us eyes to see with and ears to listen. We need to use them. We need to slow down and pay attention instead of just rushing ahead. On this Memorial day we should remember the price paid for our freedoms and thank God that we live in a free land.
There is a difference between making good judgements and being judgemental. Being judgemental means you think you are better than someone else and looking down on them. Good judgment is making the distinction between right and wrong, between good and bad and choosing the right or the good.
“The godly walk with integrity.” Why is it so hard to find people walking and living with integrity? Integrity means being a person of honor, someone who can be counted on to at least try to do what they say. Christians are perfect, but we are forgiven. With God’s help we should try to be people of integrity.
I had arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday. Thanks to the Lord God everything went well. If I follow the doctor’s advice and take it easy for a few days my knee should heal and recover well. My wife Joan is also my best friend. She has helped me through all of this. She is truly a reliable friend.