Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that hath
understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is
for the back of him that is void of understanding.
Many people suffer pain in their life because of
their own foolishness. Two things come to
mind when I read this. First, take responsibility
for your education. Your entire future is
based on your knowledge and your ability to communicate that knowledge. That’s why English and grammar are critical to your education.
Learn how to speak and write properly. If you cannot communicate well, life will be difficult for
you. Worry about understanding the lesson more than your letter grade. That’s your job to help
yourself. Secondly, learn everything you can. The world has too many people that lack the ability
to pick up on the things around them, and transfer that into profitable knowledge. If you don’t
understand something, look it up. Google it. Nobody gets an award for saying, “I don’t know.” Find out.
Learn it and let it help you find the life you want to have.
John 10:39-40 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, and went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
Jesus Christ took on human flesh so we could relate to Him. Here people were trying to kill Him because of the things He was saying, and He leaves and goes back to where He had been baptized. I think He wanted to remember that day when the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Sometimes we just need to get away from everything around us and go to a place where we can strengthen our relationship with our Father.
Loving God – Find a place you can go regularly and talk to your heavenly Father about the things that bother you.
Loving Others – Don’t be the reason someone else is depressed.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
This is one my favorite verses in the Bible. Many verses about ‘judging’ get used by those who have been judged to judged the one who judged them. And most of the time, the verses are pulled way out of context. Ironically, Matthew 7 is a passage on hypocrisy, and yet the people who quote it the most are usually the biggest hypocrites. Check out I Corinthians 2:15. Anyway, in Christianity there is definite right and wrong. So the Christian, like many in other religions, glorifies righteousness and condemns sin. However, the unique quality of Christianity is how we treat the people we know have done wrong. Catholics and Mennonites shun or excommunicate those who turn away or fall into deep sin. Muslims will go as far as to kill anyone who ‘goes astray.’ But Christ taught us differently. We love those who greatly sin as much as the rest of us who, in fact, also greatly sin. If you know a someone who is immoral, instead of talking about him or her, help him and realize you should be careful, knowing you are capable of doing the same. We’re not like the world. We don’t kick a man when he’s down. We even love our enemy. Whaaaaaaat? Yeah, we’re Christians like that.
Loving God – Thank God for His forgiveness in your life.
Loving Others – Help and be a friend to those who have fallen, and be careful to not make the same mistake.