Pathways Through Proverbs
January 28, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 28
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Following Scripture Verses
- The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
- For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
- A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
- They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
- Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
- Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
- Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
- He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
- He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
- Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
- The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
- When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
- He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
- Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
- As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
- The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
- Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
- He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
- A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
- To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
- He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
- He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
- Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
- He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
- He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
- He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
- When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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It should always be our goal to abstain from iniquity. However, the reality of life is that we Christians do sin on a daily basis. The question then becomes: how am I going to deal with this sin? The natural response is to attempt to hide it. We will do everything in our power to keep others from finding out about what we have done. We may go as far as to lie to others about it, thus compounding our transgression. We do this because we do not wish to suffer embarrassment or pay the consequences for our actions. We convince ourselves that we are better off if we just pretend like the sin never happened. Unfortunately, this type of thinking often leads us to believe that we have gotten away with something, and the next thing we know we have not only covered our sin, but returned to it as well.
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It is clear that ignoring and hiding sin can not lead to spiritual success. Only two actions can restore our relationship with the Lord: confession and separation. We must go to the Lord, as well as any on earth whom we have sinned against, and admit to them what we have done and ask for forgiveness. This will open the lines of communication and fellowship again. Then we must choose to abandon the sin and not return to it, which will allow our relationship to remain as it should be. God promises to grant mercy to those who deal with their iniquities in this fashion, but only spiritual failure to those who choose to disregard or conceal them.
Have you done wrong today? Did you handle it God's way?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery