Monday, October 5, 2015

Proverbs 3:31-35: There is a choice to be made.

Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways; For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret counsel is with the upright. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just. Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools. Proverbs 3:31-35

Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness withregard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
Oppressor: one who is or promotes violence and wrong
Choose: man's choice
None: all, the whole
Ways: of moral action and character

Perverse: to turn aside, depart, devious, crooked
Abomination: something disgusting; ethical sense to God and His people
Counsel: circle of familiar friends
Upright: straightforward, just, well-pleased, righteous

Wicked: one guilty of crime, deserving punishment
Just: just, righteous, in conduct and character

Scorns: open or unqualified contempt; disdain
Grace: favor, acceptance
Humble: lowly

Wise: ethically and religiously
Inherit: have or get as a possession
Glory: honor, dignity of position
Shame: personal dishonor, disgrace
Legacy: lift up, exalt, promotion
Fools: stupid fellow

There is a choice to be made.
Choose one who is and/or promoted violence. Choose be in the company of the devious and those who are disgusting (to God). Choose to dwell with those who are guilty crime and deserve punishment. Choose those who are contempt. Choose to leave a legacy be known for being a fool. 

There is a choice to be made.
Choose to be among the circle of the just and well-pleased before God. Choose to live in a home filled with righteous conduct and character. Choose to live in humility before God. Choose to be wise ethically and religiously and enjoy the possession of honor. 

There is a choice to be made. And to make the right choice, my heart must be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). 
What choice will you make today? 

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