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VALUES

December 21, 2014

Saturday

 

Proverbs 19:1

 

Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool

 

 

LESSON

 

This is one of two proverbs that contrast “a poor” person who has “integrity” with someone who does not. In this case, the contrast is with a rich fool who speaks lies. The poor man is better off, because God rewards integrity, and the rich fool is really the poorer of the two, because God punishes deceivers. The amount of their material wealth may suggest that the poor man is poor because God is punishing him, and the rich man is rich because God is blessing him. But in this case, appearances are deceiving. Job’s friends concluded that he must be a great sinner because God had taken away his wealth, but really he was a man of integrity. God blessed him eventually.

While shallow Christians who are playing the game of religion may get into the trappings of the faith, but committed believers understands that their faith affects their daily ethics.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 6:31

 

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