Sunday, 20 May 2018

Can You See It? Life or Death.

Can you see it?


What is it?


Or more than that.

Contradiction? Divergence? Opposition?


Or modest comparison.



Or distinctly different.


Strikingly dissimilar.


Can you see it?


A wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten gains do not profit,

But righteousness delivers from death.


The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger,

But He will reject the craving of the wicked.

Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,

But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,

But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.

Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

The memory of the righteous is blessed,

But the name of the wicked will rot.


The wise of heart will receive commands,

But a babbling fool will be ruined.

He who walks in integrity walks securely,

But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

He who winks the eye causes trouble,

And a babbling fool will be ruined.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Hatred stirs up strife,

But love covers all transgressions.


On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,

But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

Wise men store up knowledge,

But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,

The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

The wages of the righteous is life,

The income of the wicked, punishment.

He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,

But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

He who conceals hatred has lying lips,

And he who spreads slander is a fool.

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.


The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,

The heart of the wicked is worth little.

The lips of the righteous feed many,

But fools die for lack of understanding.

It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,

And He adds no sorrow to it.

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,

And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

What the wicked fears will come upon him,

But the desire of the righteous will be granted.


When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,

But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,

So is the lazy one to those who send him.

The fear of the Lord prolongs life,

But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

The hope of the righteous is gladness,

But the expectation of the wicked perishes.

The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,

But ruin to the workers of iniquity.


The righteous will never be shaken,

But the wicked will not dwell in the land.

The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,

But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,

But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted. Proverbs 10


Can you see it?


Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:5-11


What does observing contrasts do for you?

What does it do for all of us?

How can you use it to improve your attitude and well-being?

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