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01/13/2017

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Who Is A Wise Person - The One Who Fears Evil


"Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas.3:13). "A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hot-headed and reckless" (Prov.14:16).

Have you ever heard someone say this? "I'll try anything once." Have you ever said it? The most deceitful and powerful thing we deal with today is sin. It would seem, according to today's verse, that its always been that way. It would also seem that the man the proverbial writer is speaking about in today's verse might be one of those, I'll try anything once folks. To me, here's the thing... A person truly needs wisdom so that he or she can discern between good and evil. Some evils out there are clear-cut and to avoid them takes little effort. Those "wolf in sheep's clothing" things are the problem. By those I mean the things that appear good on the outside and lure us in, only to find the true evil on the inside...The great thing about belonging to a community of believers is the help and encouragement we can get from them to help us avoid the pitfalls of sin... "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Heb.3:13). Obviously we have God's Word to lay out the guidelines for pure living, but it is comforting to know that there are those who care enough to encourage us along the way... Are we one of those encouragers? There are no magic rules out there that will guarantee us the elixir of discernment, but here are a couple of verses that come close... As the apostle Paul closes out his 1st letter to the church at Thessalonica, he writes this; "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil" (5:21-22). Lets face it.... Sin offers one thing, but gives something else. We should always be cautious of evil. Lets not be that fool who says they'll try anything once...

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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