Proverbs 16 11-16-18

Who makes the rules for us? Why do we need rules? Because sin destroys us, but God loves us. Jesus died and rose again for us!

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their way guard [preserve] their lives.

Jesus died and rose again to pay for our sin and defeat death. He then gave us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us to guide us and to teach us. He is called our “Paraclete” for a reason. This excerpt is from gotquestions.org:

Question: “What does it mean that the Holy Spirit is our Paraclete?”

Answer: After Jesus announced to His disciples that He would be leaving them soon, He then gave them a statement of great encouragement: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth” (John 14:16–17).

The Greek word translated “Comforter” or “Counselor” (as found in John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7) is parakletos. This form of the word is unquestionably passive and properly means “one called to the side of another”; the word carries a secondary notion concerning the purpose of the calling alongside: to counsel or support the one who needs it. This Counselor, or Paraclete, is God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity who has been “called to our side.” He is a personal being, and He indwells every believer.

The Spirit comforts us in our weakness, our fear, our pain, and our sorrow, and He gives us joy and love and peace, hope and mercy and grace straight from the Father’s throne! He IS our Comfort:

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

As we can see, God has our best interests at heart, and His Spirit is proof. So, how do we avoid evil and preserve our lives? By living upright lives based on God’s rules of protection and by looking forward to and acting on His promises that He made to us in His Word.

Let’s make this verse our motto for today:

Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get [His] wisdom [in His Word and from His counsel] than gold, to choose understanding [as the Spirit guides us] rather than silver!

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