11 Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who delight in doing evil
And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
15 Whose paths are crooked,
And who are devious in their ways;
Proverbs 2:12-15 (NLT)
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
- willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
- characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition:
- a perverse mood.
- wayward or cantankerous.
- persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
- turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
There are people who willfully reject what is right and who would turn you away as well. They like wickedness, evil, perversion, and "dark ways". These verses say they "delight" in doing wrong and "rejoice" in evil. They are purposefully offensive, contrary, rebellious, and obstinate. They are abandoned to sin and their hearts are hardened. They not only are attracted to sin but celebrate it, they have no shame.
And these people like to take others down with them. They want to convince others to go with them. They first present it as fun and invite you to have a good time. They are deceptive. Their kind of "fun" is anything but fun. It leads to the bondage of sin and the consequences of sin. Godly wisdom will give you discernment and show you what is really involved so you can avoid the miseries they suffer.
Just recently our local library added a Drag Queen Story Hour. I am appalled and cannot understand how they could possibly think this appropriate for children? It's one thing for an adult to make their own decision about indulging their sexual perversions. That's between them and God. But it's another to entice others into their perverted world and much worse to lure children into it. They dress like clowns but want to be treated seriously and insist that they be allowed to read homosexual children's books to children in a public library. In all wisdom and commonsense there is absolutely no reason to do this and subject children to such lurid topics. Leave the children out of it. It's not about hate, it's about commonsense. If you are so far gone into this perverse lifestyle, that's your choice, but you don't have to entice, persuade, lure and fascinate little children with it. They don't have the wisdom and discernment yet to understand and properly reason on these type subjects. There is absolutely no good reason for grown men to want to teach children about sexual things. They have one agenda in mind, whether they admit it or not, and that is to lure children into their lifestyles. It's a type of propaganda. They are grooming children for sex. And parents, who are educated adults with experience under their belt, should be wiser than to fall for it!!!
I don't hate homosexuals. They are sinners just like me. They need the Lord. When we don't tell them the truth about their sin, they become more and more enslaved to it. It rules their entire lives. We could be pointing them to the only way out, through Jesus Christ. We could be pointing them to their way of escape from eternal damnation through Jesus Christ. But instead, our society has totally twisted it into a "lifestyle choice" and anyone who disagrees is a hater and homophobe. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. Their sin is no worse than mine. All sin is addictive and leads to misery and heartache. Sin separates us from God. The only way to salvation is by repenting and asking Jesus to forgive us and be Lord of our life. When we believe in Jesus the bondage to sin is broken and we are no longer separated from God. We are saved. Do we still sin? Unfortunately, yes. Do we still experience the consequences of our sin? Yes, although we are saved for eternity. A Christian who sins is still forgiven and his eternal state is secure but he loses rewards in Heaven. As we are saved, the Holy Spirit moves in and lives in us to help us grow in Christ. He can help us learn, see things properly, give us discernment and godly wisdom, teaches us the things of God. And, when we cooperate, He empowers us to follow God's ways.
If I hate a homosexual for his/her sin then I hate myself for my sin. So it isn't about hating them. It's about loving them enough to show them a better way and then praying they follow God. Once they know the truth, it becomes between them and God. If they don't know the truth, it's my fault. If they know the truth and choose to reject God, that's their fault. Someone told me the truth about Jesus and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. But I could have just as easily rejected Jesus. I don't hold myself any higher than any other human being. We all come into this world as sinners and we all are faced with the choice of accepting Jesus or rejecting Jesus. So we are on an equal plane until we make our choice. Then we diverge to go our separate ways.
Matthew 7:13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way."
Now, back to our verses this morning, let's think more deeply about them and how they may apply to your life.
- Have you ever been invited to do something that you know is wrong and will lead to problems?
- Did you listen to the small voice inside and avoid trouble by declining? Did you hear about problems later that you avoided and it made you glad you didn't go or participate?
- Have you disregarded the small voice inside and gone anyway? Was it worth the problems it created? Were you ashamed you participated?
- Are their "friends" in your life who always want you to do the wrong thing? They always seem to get you in trouble? They make you feel bad if you don't do the wrong things they push you to do? It's called peer pressure. How do they make you feel?
- Is it worth having them for friends?
- Have you experienced consequences from situations that could have been avoided if you hadn't listened to bad friends?
- Have you been a good friend to someone who is tempted to do things that aren't good for them? Have you encouraged them to do right things and to make better choices? Have you been a good influence in their lives? Have you told them about Jesus?
- Have you ever been teased and ridiculed because you made good choices and don't do the things they pressure you to do?
- Have you learned yet how to withstand peer pressure?
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