Advice for Parents II

Sunday, May 15, 2022

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10-15 Dear friend, take my advice;

    it will add years to your life.

I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way,

    I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road.

I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys,

    or wasting time making wrong turns.

Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip.

    Guard it well—your life is at stake!

Don’t take Wicked Bypass;

    don’t so much as set foot on that road.

Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth.

    Make a detour and be on your way.

16-17 Evil people are restless

    unless they’re making trouble;

They can’t get a good night’s sleep

    unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody.

Perversity is their food and drink,

    violence their drug of choice.

18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light;

    the longer they live, the brighter they shine.

But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—

    travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

-Proverbs 4:10-19 The Message

10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,

    that the years of your life may be many.

11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;

    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,

    and if you run, you will not stumble.

13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;

    guard her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,

    and do not walk in the way of the evil.

15 Avoid it; do not go on it;

    turn away from it and pass on.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;

    they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness

    and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;

    they do not know over what they stumble.

Verses 13-17 studies: Friends and family can make you fall. This is difficult for people to accept, but yes, friends and family can lure you into doing wrong. For example, young people want to be accepted, so they won’t criticize or confront another friend for other wrong plans or actions. Another example is a family member shooting down your ideal dreams. They want to make sure they don’t see you succeed. I’ve personally seen this within my family. But other people can’t see how their actions can lead to trouble. We should be accepting of others but understand that we do need some healthy form of skepticism about human behavior. When you feel heavily influenced, think before acting. Don’t let your friends cause you to fail.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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