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“No Matter the Cost, Shun Evil”
 
How many times did you get into trouble by following what others wanted to do?
 
It can’t hurt, right? Wrong!!
 
Like high school seniors, that after graduation had a party with alcohol present. The police came, the grads ran but many of them got caught and had the embarrassment of having their names put in the local newspaper.
 
Please read the following verses.
 
NKJV Proverbs 1:8-19
Shun Evil Counsel
 
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse” —
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.
 
Shun evil, run from evil.
Yes, you probably will be made fun of by friends and other people.
 
However, when we shun evil, the Lord Jesus smiles.
I would rather bring a smile to His face anytime than to disappoint Him even once.
 
In my sinful nature, I still disappoint the Lord.
But I choose to put myself in situations that are pleasing to Him.
 
I trust that You believers reading this, agree and that any unbelievers who read this would copy this pattern that the Lord lays before us.

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