Proverbs 11 5-11-19

Ever feel like you’re going the wrong way on a one-way street? That everyone is against you? Take heed!

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

We can have a biblical perspective and still have a wrong perspective. What?! It’s TRUE. How? By having an OC (Old Covenant) view vs. a NC (New Covenant) view. Concerning wisdom, many equate it with knowledge. The catch is that knowledge by itself puffs up (1 Cor. 8:1). We can become proud and arrogant. The test is to see if we are comparing ourselves to others, but using others as our standard conflicts with other verses (2 Cor. 10:12 for starters).

PRIDE is like sand in an engine, which causes much damage and can bring it to a grinding halt. Love based on humility and mutual respect (NC) is the oil that lubricates the engine and makes things run smoothly.

PRIDE reveals itself through anger. Remember this: A proud man is an angry man, and visa versa.

There is another danger to having an OC perspective: POWER. Either through force or manipulation, many use the Scriptures to dominate others and to get their own way, which is spiritual abuse. God disciplines anyone who mistreats his brother or sister this way.

16 He [Paul] writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16

The third danger of an OC perspective is POVERTY. When the enemy uses Scripture to lie to us AND WE BELIEVE HIM, he will beat us down and rob us of our joy. We are overcomers of the evil one! We are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). We are blood-bought and redeemed; we are adopted and one of His!

The only true perspective of Scripture is the Holy Spirit’s perspective. Ask Him. Listen to Him. Get beyond your feelings and allow Him to guide you into all truth. And remember: LOVE is the OIL of His truth.

I saw a plaque recently that I thought summed up how we are to love each other:

HOME- where you treat your friends like family and your family like friends.”

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