Do you love death?

I’m pretty sure anyone reading this  would answer a resounding “no!” Well, perhaps not. There are a few fringe groups of people who may announce that they have a loving relationship with death. But since they haven’t died, there is only so much they can say. Death does carry a fascination for most people, but they say they love death, they probably don’t understand the nature of it.

But do you know that you can metaphorically love death.

You might be thinking, I love life. I don’t want to die! But in reality, you’re living a life that will bring you death.

In Proverbs 8:30, the personification of wisdom says, “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”

If you hate wisdom, you love death. It’s that simple.

If you filled a room full of people, and asked them, “Do you hate wisdom?” Few to none would raise their hands. But oftentimes we hate wisdom in little ways.

We neglect to listen to our parents. We think that we can have it all figured out. We disregard our pastor’s message. Or our friends advice.

Look at it another way. Are you actively seeking wisdom? Are you looking for wise people to mentor you? Do you spend time searching the scriptures for guidance?

Do you love wisdom?

I would venture to say that for every bit you edge away from loving wisdom, you move towards hating it. The difference between love and hate is not black and white. Sin is missing the mark. There is no in between. Either you hit the mark, or you missed it.

Are you satisfied with how you love and seek out wisdom? Or do you need to work in that area? I challenge you, choose to love wisdom. Live your life searching it out. If you love your life by loving wisdom, you will probably find yourself with more of both.

“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not . . . For whoso findeth me [wisdom] findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.” Proverbs 8:33,35

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Your duty to do something

A young boy is swimming at the beach. The tide carries him out a little  and suddenly he can’t touch bottom. He panics and begins to flail his arms frantically. The boy is about to drown. On a dock nearby, a healthy well-built man hears the boy’s cries and makes no attempt to save him. Whether or not the boy survives, is that man guiltless?

Of course not!

Proverbs 24:11-12 gives a similar situation. It says, “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to everyman according to his works?”

God tells us in His word that He sees us. He knows our heart and our motives. He knows what we are capable of. This verse makes it very clear that God has a punishment for those who can save others and don’t do it.

So you may never be able to save someone’s physical life, but how about someone’s spiritual life? Have you ever had a friend or acquaintance who is about to make some horrible decision that will have terrible consequences? I know I have. I’m sure we all have.

You may not be able to keep them from a wrong decision, but it is your duty to do something.

God commands us to love our neighbor. It is a far cry from love for us to watch someone destroy their life without attempting to save them. So I challenge you, take another look around you. If you see someone in grave danger, physical or otherwise, take some action. Perhaps you should speak to them about salvation. Maybe you should give them some godly counsel. Or maybe it’s not your place to correct them, and you should simply pray for them. Seek the Lord about what He would have you do.

James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do goodand doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

Just like it would be a wicked thing for that man to ignore the cries of a drowning boy, it would be a wicked thing for us to ignore the plight of this dying world or the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters.

Let us not hold back when it is in our power to give life!

Seeking rebuke?

Being corrected is not always the easiest thing. When someone comes to correct us, even in love, we may be tempted to be offended. Being offended at correction, especially unasked for correction, is a wrong attitude. God tells us that wise men receive correction.

Proverbs 9:8-9 says, "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning." This passage tells us who to give advice to, but we can gather much more from these verses. In these verses we see both the wise and the foolish reactions to instruction. A wise man will take instruction and learn from it. A scorner will reject wise counsel.

I would invite you to search yourself. Do you receive correction easily? Are you willing to humble yourself and consider the advice of others? If not, ask God to give you the humility to accept the correction of others. Also, ask Him to give you the discretion to know whose advice is worthy of following, and whose advice you should discard. We can learn much from those around us, but only if we listen. Will you allow God to correct you through those around you?

"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." – Proverbs 1:5