ARE YOU A FOOL?
Are you a fool?
Your response to this question was more than likely “No, I’m not a fool”, or as some Bahamians would say, “No I een no fool” (smile!)
You may not consider yourself a fool by your standards, and I may not consider myself a fool by my standards, but the real issue is how do we measure up by God’s standards?
Here are some Bible verses that give notable characteristics of fools.
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God….”
(Psalm 14:1 & Psalm 53:1 – NIV)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
(Proverbs 1:7 – NIV)
“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.”
(Proverbs 10:18 – NIV)
“A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.”
(Proverbs 10:23 – NIV)
“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
(Proverbs 12:15 – NIV)
“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”
(Proverbs 12:16 – NIV)
“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.”
(Proverbs 13:19 – NIV)
“A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.”
(Proverbs 14:3 – NIV)
“Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.”
(Proverbs 14:9 – NIV)
“The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.”
(Proverbs 14:16 – NIV)
“A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.”
(Proverbs 15:5 – NIV)
“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”
(Proverbs 18:2 – NIV)
“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”
“Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
(Proverbs 28:6 – NIV)
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
(Proverbs 29:11 – NIV)
“A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.”
(Ecclesiastes 5:3 – NIV)
So, having read these scriptures I ask again, are you a fool?
By God’s grace, let’s seek to live our lives according to wisdom and be wise and not according to folly and be fools.
“Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences], For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold. Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor.Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
(Proverbs 3:13-17 – Amplified Bible)
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