December 25 - Self-Inflicted Wounds.
“It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”
We read many times within the Scriptures that God is not a respecter of persons, and we are to follow His example. Even more so we are not to accept the wicked and overthrow the righteous. Doing so will cause us to see the ill effects of the wisdom of the flesh.
“These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.”
Foolish wisdom causes people to believe in error that their words do more harm to others than they do to themselves. Contention and destruction are the beginning and end of the self-inflicted wounds of their wisdom.
“Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”
Our words are either gracious or foolishness.
We are a constant testimony of our relationship with God through His Word.
“My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.”
May we radiate the His grace in all that we say and do.
Zephaniah | 2 Peter 2 | Proverbs 25
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