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23:1-21
The 30 truths are continued.
6.Do not be greedy, especially when someone is seeking your favour. Be wary because that person may be seeking to cause you to feel an obligation to do something for them and you may be trapped into doing something you shouldn’t do.
7.Be restrained in your pursuit of money. Seek to earn what God gives you and don’t get caught up in the pursuit of money in order to accumulate wealth. Don’t sell you soul to the devil in your pursuit of money. Remember that money is deceptive and can be lost at any time. It is also a deceiver that can lead you away from God. Remember Jesus’ words that man can serve only one master. Serving money will take you away from serving God. And if you are a member of a church that encourages you to accumulate wealth be wary. You cannot serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24)
8.Be wary of the one seeking to get rich because he will use you to get what he wants from you and then dump you. And he will not hesitate to abuse your trust and take advantage of you and leave you worse off. Spare yourself the pain.
9.Don’t waste your words on fools who are not interested in learning. They will not listen to you and will not change their point of view or learn from you. Instead focus on your own learning.
10.Don’t take advantage of those who, like orphans, are defenceless, God will punish you for your deceit, greed and injustice. God cares about social justice so don’t fool yourself that He condones such behaviour. He does not. Read the Old Testament, right back at the foundation books, and you will see God’s constant reiteration of the need for social justice. So don’t fill yourself with hate doctrine against people of other faiths or people whose sexuality is different from your own. Let God deal with others. Love them, love all people, and ensure social justice.
11.Seek wisdom and knowledge. Never scorn those who possess knowledge because you feel inferior to them. Accept who you are and seek the knowledge God wishes you to possess. And if those with more knowledge are arrogant about their knowledge, walk away and hand them to God. Remember the misuse of knowledge is the preserve of the fool. Do not fall into the trap of reading so called ‘christian’ books that twist God’s word. Instead, study the Bible and seek God for understanding.
12.Lovingly discipline your children. Attend to their needs and don’t neglect them. Show them the love God gives to all of us. Seek to teach them in love and don’t resort to satan’s punishments such as corporal punishment. And do not allow bitterness to develop in your heart.
13.As a parent and mentor delight in the evidence of wisdom taught to and accepted by children. Encourage them and let them know how well they are doing. Let them know seeking wisdom is good and praiseworthy and they will continue to seek God.
14.The world wants you to think a life of wisdom is a half life and one without enjoyment. But the world lies. God is your future. They way of the world leads to death and destruction. What the world calls enjoyments does not bring the pleasure God’s joy, and a life in His presence, does.
15.Observe moderation in the way you live your life and avoid the extremes of binge drinking and over indulgence in any life activities. If you find what you do leads to addictive behaviour seek help from God and a qualified counsellor. (in that order). When I saw seek help from God I do not mean seek help from another person. Pray and ask God for help and guidance to lead you to the correct person to help you. Do not allow the need your addiction seeks to meet ruin you life. God has a better plan for you.
Continued in the next blog.

 
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