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Absurd honor


Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.
Proverbs 26:8

By definition, a fool, is not worthy but of pity and mercy and that only when there is hope that sometime in some way he can be regenerated. Otherwise one cannot feel but contempt or rejection for a fool. However, every day we can see how fools are honored everywhere in the world. The masses driven by their own ignorance and the clever tricks of their leaders treat fools as gods to whom they must render honor and loyalty. Some would argue that they do it to be able to get something to feed their mouths and their need forces them to bow to injustice and corruption, but the fact is that this servile and hypocritical behavior has no justification.

As children of the Most High, God has given us insight and wisdom to not fall into the mistake of applauding the foolish conduct of imbeciles. Please discard any justification you’ve used so far to excuse your unworthy and servile behavior  and seek God’s guidance and the knowledge of his will for you. It is unacceptable that after having been redeemed by Jesus Christ you now have to depend physically and morally on a corrupt handout. Seek and you will find true wisdom. Lend a deaf ear and you will fall even lower. Only in Christ you can find the solution for your life.To God alone be the glory!

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Gossip


The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
Proverbs 26:22

It is unfortunate that many people think that gossiping is harmless entertainment. On the contrary, many conflicts and disputes have arisen because of the widespread practice of gossip. Some people have even made of gossiping their trade and profession. This practice is so prevalent that show characters have been created to produce laughter from the dire situations that the nefarious trade generates. An example of this is the Spanish comedian Jose Mota with his character’s La Vieja’l Visillo, an elderly woman from a village in Spain called Alcafrán, whose only job is to make people fight because of the  rumors that the old lady invents and disseminates just to have fun. The sketch shows that the problem is not gossip itself, but lending an ear to gossip. Our sinful nature makes us consider gossip as interesting and entertaining and we do not realize the immense damage it causes. Below, please find a link so you can see the sketch.

Gossip may be funny but in reality it is nothing more than a curse. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus, wrote: “So also the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Imagine what a great forest is set aflame by such a small spark” When we open our mouth we either bless or curse. The gossip is nothing but a curse because a blessing it is not. Let us beware of becoming instruments for the enemy by carrying gossip and let us not allow it to gain power and ground by lending our ears to it. Although gossip may look like something attractive, it is pure poison to our souls. Only the Holy Spirit of God should control our lives. To God alone be the glory!

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Reciprocity


Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
Proverbs 26:27

In the same way that nobody can escape the rule of the law of gravity, no person may withdraw from the law of reciprocity. With similar words King David reaffirmed the universal principle of reciprocity: “Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.” [1] Given the prevailing selfishness in humans, it should be reason enough to avoid by all means possible to make any kind of evil, however small , to our neighbor. Knowing that the evil act will come back on us should deter us from causing harm to those around us so we can, this way, protect us from evil. And this is something that works as well for good actions. The good you do to others, God returns it to us as a blessing. Therefore the Lord Jesus spoke clearly when he said: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” [2]

Let us consider  our actions at all times. Let us find out what are the chances that what we are doing or have decided to do might cause damage or harm to others. Remember the warning of James, the brother of the Lord: “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” [3] This is the correct ethical position. This is how we should behave always, following the teachings of Jesus and the exhortations of the apostle Paul: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” [4] Only to God be the glory!

[1] Psalm 7:14-16
[2] Matthew 7:12
[3] James 4:17
[4] Galatians 6:10

Today’s word for July 26, 2011


As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 26:14-16

Laziness is a bad habit. Laziness is a vice that promises rest, but only ends up generating anxiety and trouble. The sluggard is deluding himself when he tries to justify his inaction. The lazy attitude of him upsets everybody because his tasks have to be assumed by others. The lazy do not understand or could care less that they hurt others with their laziness. The only thing he cares about is that doing nothing gives him pleasure. With all his selfishness, the sluggard neglects his health because he does not take care of himself due to his laziness. As we can see there is nothing good in laziness and yet many people exhibit this dangerous vice. The reason for this behavior is found in the sluggard thinks that he is wise. In his own mind he knows everything and does not need anyone to show him how to do things. This is why he does not seek the opinion of others and pays no attention if someone points out his vice.

The children of God, on the contrary should be diligent in everything they undertake. The Word of God exhorts us to be occupied with good works, always prepared, to persevere, to be disciplined, to be persistent in preaching the word, in time and out of time, to excel with the things of God, not to live idly, to take care of our own responsibilities, to work with our own hands, to make the most of every opportunity, to make further progress towards the goal, not to be tired of doing good and to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. If, after receiving all these admonitions we continue giving free rein to laziness we are facing a problem of rebellion, which if not corrected will require discipline from God. Need more warnings? To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 26, 2011


As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 26:14-16

The word of God has always associated laziness with foolishness. In fact, only a fool can think that laziness is good. It’s one thing for us to spend idle moments to regain our energy and another to keep ourselves in a constant state of disregard for all the obligations we have and for everyone around us. The sloth justifies his behavior covered in hype and bringing up hypothetical situations that convince him and nobody else of his need to be inactive. Laziness, as indicated by the word of God, leads to poverty and pain. Latin culture being so identified with the philosophical school of hedonism and showing such a stark contrast with Puritan work ethics invented the term “Dolce far niente,” which means “delicious idleness” to give a nice appeal to something that is simply folly. Again, it’s one thing to take a short break and another to devote a lifetime to idleness. Laziness is not rest because the sluggard can’t be tired because he has done nothing. No activity that may have caused exhaustion has been carried out!

King Solomon wrote: “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.” I don’t think you can find a better explanation of the serious consequences reserved for those who like to imitate the proverbial slouch. Now more than ever, it is necessary to heed the exhortation of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Do we need more warnings than the ones we find in the word of God? I think not. What we must do is very well defined and all we have to do is to carry on making the most of this teaching. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 25, 2011


Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Proverbs 26:23

Hypocrisy is just a lie. Lies have many ways to manifest and one of them is hypocrisy or duplicity. Culturally we are taught to keep quiet about what we think which in itself is not bad but eventually it transforms into not showing what we feel and accepting, at least externally, what we do not approve. Sometimes we do it to avoid conflict but that does not stop it from being what it is: deceit. Social conventions often guide us to assume attitudes that make us acceptable to those around us but we forget that lying is a sin and that sin has serious consequences on our lives. Of course we can’t go around saying the first thing that comes to mind. Sometimes we hurt others because we use words laden with intentionality without analyzing the impact that they may have in the life of the recipient. We must be careful of what we say to avoid hurting feelings but we must take care that what we say is a sincere expression of our thoughts and our hearts. Lying, in whatever form, comes only from its father, Satan. Being disingenuous and assuming misleading attitudes makes us disciples of the enemy.

Jesus Christ said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus, we must always speak with honesty, calling a spade a spade, with no duplicity but always with love. The apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that we need to put off our old self and put on the new. “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Let us do what pleases God and not what satisfies our corrupt nature. Let us always act honestly allowing the truth to reign in our lives. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 26, 2011


As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 26:14-16

Humanity’s technological mission is to invent devices that make life as easy and less laborious as possible. Some of the devices developed are truly a blessing for humanity; others have had a destructive influence. I do not think anyone would think that washing machines and clothes dryers are not devices that really make our lives easier. Same thing we can say the computer and its application: the Internet, which has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn and have fun. And what about the vehicles, cell phone or microwave ovens? All these technological advances have certainly made our lives easier. However, as with all things, the sinful nature of humanity has created new ways to commit crimes and do wrong things using these otherwise useful technological tools.

An example of misused technology is harnessing the Internet to promote and disseminate pornography and pedophilia. Another example is driving at speeds well above the established limits. Cell phone use while driving also has resulted in painful losses of human lives and material damage. A much worse influence, mainly because of the stealth way it operates is the misuse of the leisure time that we now have as a result of the application of new technologies. Since we now have more time available, we can do more and different things that we did not do before which causes us mental and physical fatigue. Later, to recover from the fatigue, we rest in inactivity, but inactivity promotes end up being lazy and irresponsible because we do not manage our time well. Let us not be like the sluggard of today’s Bible portion. Let us remind ourselves that we need to make “the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Let us serve our Lord with joy and let us not be overcome by laziness. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for March 26, 2011


A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!
Proverbs 26:3

Folly is a kind of madness. Foolishness lies in the most profound recesses of the soul and foolish actions simply reflect the stupidity that has taken root in the heart of the fool. The fool does not realize the consequences of his actions because he is just a fool. His actions make no sense and trying to understand them would make us fall into the same nonsense that we are criticizing. Because of his lack of reason to fool can be compared with the beasts of burden, although oftentimes beasts have shown greater wisdom than a fool. It is for this reason that the fool should be treated with an iron hand, without regard or consideration, because the only reason he can understand is force.

Do you sometimes feel that life is too severe? Do you feel that you are constantly being tossed by a whirlpool, suffering all sorts of misfortunes and never being able to break free? Have you ever consider whether what is happening to you is nothing more than a rod or whip being applied to your stubborn back? Nobody is exempt from making an occasional stupidity, but we must be careful that our conduct in general is not labeled as stupid or that we do not fall into the folly that characterized our lives before we had a personal encounter with Jesus. The Apostle Paul wrote, “At one time we too were foolish and disobedient … But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us …” Let us not, therefore, dwell in foolish controversies, endless and fabulous genealogies, legends, legalism, false doctrines, the love of money and any other nonsense that may be hindering our spiritual progress. Only then we will be able “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Only to God be the glory!