Proverbs 4:10-19 “Listen, my child, and accept my words so that the years of your life will be many. I hereby guide you in the way of wisdom and I lead you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; protect it, because it is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of those who are evil. Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it, and go on. For they cannot sleep unless they cause harm; they are robbed of sleep until they make someone stumble. Indeed they have eaten bread gained from wickedness and drink wine obtained from violence. But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what they stumble over.”

There are four statements here that sum up much of what has come before, and provide a guide for life:

  • We need to accept the words of wisdom.
  • We need to walk in the way of wisdom.
  • We need to keep to the path of wisdom.
  • And we need to avoid the way of the wicked.

The way of the wicked is seductive and compulsive (16), and its path grows darker and darker the more we are on it. In contrast, wisdom’s path grows brighter and brighter the longer we walk it!

Romans 6:16 “Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness?”

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