Pathways Through Proverbs
March 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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Boldness is a trait of a godly individual. According to Solomon, wicked men run away even when there is nothing tangible to be afraid of, but a righteous man will be willing to do whatever needs to be done regardless of the risk.
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I can think of several areas where most Christians could use more boldness. Then most obvious one is in our outreach and witnessing. Probably the main reason why believers don't share the Gospel with others is because we are afraid of what their response will be. They may be indifferent, or even hostile, and because we do not want to have to face that, we keep our mouths shut. This is the response of a person who is not in a right relationship with the Lord. A righteous man will be bold to proclaim the truth. In Acts 4:29 the early church prayed that they might have boldness to preach in the face of threatenings. In verse 31 they were filled with the Spirit and they "spake the word of God with boldness." Thus, when a person realizes that he is in a situation where he may be afraid to witness, he should respond by begging God for boldness. Then, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to do His work, the man will begin to evangelize as he should.
A second area where boldness is often lacking is in our dealings with wayward brethren. We can see that they are in error, and we know that we have a Biblical responsibility to attempt to reconcile them to God, yet we do not go to them in Christian love and point out their fault because, once again, we are afraid that we might lose their friendship. The Spirit-filled man will realize that his brother's relationship to the Lord is the most important thing, and he will be willing to risk their friendship by telling him what he needs to hear.
Do you run from difficult responsibilities because of what might happen, or do you go forward with boldness to do what the Lord has called you to do.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery