With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bear with one another in love.
21 My child, DON’T lose sight of common sense (applying experience, knowledge) and discernment ( good judgement based on experience and knowledge = wisdom)
Hang on to them,
22 For they will…
1. Refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
23 2. They keep you safe on your way,
3. Your feet will not stumble.
24 4. You can go to bed without fear;
5. you will lie down and sleep soundly.
25 You DON’T need be afraid of sudden disaster
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the
26 1. Lord is your security.
2. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
27 DON’T withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them.
28 If you can help your neighbor now, DON’T say,
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
29 DON’T plot harm against your neighbor,
for those who live nearby trust you.
30 DON’T pick a fight without reason,
when no one has done you harm.
31 DON’T envy the oppressor (someone who dominates or inflicts stress on someone)
or copy their ways.
32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but
1. He offers His friendship to the godly.
In the above verses you will see a series of DON’T(s), and the results of heeding those warnings. (See words in bold print for DON’T(s), and underlined numbers for the results).
Remember these principles when faced with making a decision that falls into the “gray” area. Recalling AND Applying God’s Word will clear the “debris”, and enable you to see the “wise” choice. (As you may notice, the “wise” choice is in the murky water. Look closely. It’s often hard to see until it’s been filtered out with God’s Truth, leaving the “wise” choice clearly visible.)
Now that we know all the positive results that come from following God’s guidance, hopefully the next time we find ourselves at a crossroads, we’ll have a good idea which path to choose.
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