Sunday Reflections

Happy Sunday! For me, it’s a day of reflection and contemplation.

Even when we’re on Facebook, we were meant to live for so much more. . .

Facebook is often simply a place for strife and gossip. In meditating this morning, I want to share. . . It wasn’t a wordsmith writer, a politician, a great orator, or a revolutionary who taught us how to deal with duplicitous people intent to cause strife and division. It was the God of the Bible.

I hope you’re inspired to live for so much more than petty argument and futile striving. There are some who will not follow wisdom, even if they are able to see its benefits. God tells us to withdraw from this kind of person, leaving them to their own desires (Matthew 7:6). He gives us permission to let them go, to pursue “the way that seems right to them,” (Proverbs 14:12) and He reassures us He loves them and will continue to pursue them, even though we are commanded to dismiss ourselves from their lives (James 4).

Our world says:
“Don’t get down on his/her level.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 9:7 says:
“He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insult for himself.”
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Our world says:
“Someone who is intent on breaking peace does not love someone who seeks peace. A person intent to cause strife will not seek wise counsel from anyone.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 15:12 says:
“A scoffer does not love one who reproves him; he will not go to the wise.”
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Our world says:
“Someone who is ‘wise’ by his own account is a fool. He/she will not listen even to people who call him out.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26 says:
“A fool is more wise in his own eyes than seven men who would give a discrete answer.”
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Our world says:
“A fool is someone who does not learn from his/her mistakes. There is no reason to engage with a prideful person whose eyes and ears are closed to what others have to say.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26:11-12 says:
“Like a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who repeats his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
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Our world says:
“Someone who belittles you and deceives you may say, ‘Oh, I was just kidding. You’re too sensitive.'”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26:18-19 says:
“Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, arrows and death,
So is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “Was I not joking?”
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Our world says:
“Someone who gossips and says hateful words will cause contention. If any of us kindles the flame of gossip, it will grow like a flame fanned. If you gossip or take part in gossip, it will come to define you.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26:20-22 says:
“For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
is a contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a whisperer [gossiper] are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.”

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