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The Proverbial Journey 17

March 17, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 17

18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge
and puts up security for his neighbor.

19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin;
he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper;
he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

Personal Responsibility.  Ever since the garden of Eden we have been passing the buck, looking for the get rich quick scheme, and striving for position.  I wonder some times, “How much deception do I operate in?”.  When you look at the imperatives in scripture like caring for the poor, be quick to listen and slow to speak, be angry and sin not, and love the Lord with ALL, how do we line up?

When God walked through the garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned and asked, “Adam where are you?”, don’t you think God knew where Adam was?  God was looking for Adam to take personal responsibility.  God was asking Adam so Adam would understand.

Owning up to our issues is the first step towards healing and freedom.   Being in denial will just lead us to hide, pass the buck, and remain right in the middle of our mess.  Scripture makes it clear, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  “There is none righteous, no not one.”

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will “guide us into all truth”.  The way to have “judgement”, love the right things, and live with a new heart.

Micah 6:8 lays this out very simply and clear:

8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Take responsibility for your actions, thoughts, and desires.  Submit them to God and allow Him to shape you.

What are your thoughts?


From → Proverbs

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