There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs. The simple believe anything,but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.(Proverbs 14:12-16)What great and timely advice for each of us today! How many of us, young and old alike, can look back and recall how we made a decision that we believed to be the best, and even though others warned us against it, we did it anyway? We soon realized we were wrong and they were right? We suffered the consequences . . . maybe we still suffer from the decisions!
Solomom warns us to take wise counsel to heart. We get all caught up in ourselves at times.Even today, the fools believe that there is no God (Psalm 14:1-7)or if there is, He dosn't really care what we do. But the truth is that there is a God and He cares. He loves us so much that he sent His beloved Son to save us all from our foolishness! (John 3:16) If we know Him it must show in our lives; in the decisions we make and in the life we live. When we love someone, it shows. it shows in what we say and the things we do for them. Others can clearly see how much we love our spouse, our children and our friends. It should be clearly visible how much we love our God! Love is not about me, but about others!
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6)