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Take Fast Hold of Instruction   1 comment

Take Fast Hold of Instruction

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Proverbs 4, 13


All of us alike begin the life void of knowledge.  All we ever know we learn from others.  None can know it all; there is too much and we also lack time.


Knowledge is power, the working tools of life.  We should equip ourselves for usefulness, learn all we can; we will need it and more.


Hence we should very much appreciate every opportunity to learn.  A good teacher is a great benefactor, a fine friend, a mighty blessing to the eager mind.

“Take fast hold of instruction,” be eager to learn every truth you can and make it your own.  It will make your life fuller, stronger, fuller, richer.


Let wisdom learn how best to use knowledge.  Walk in wisdom’s ways; avoid the evil, pass not by it, turn from it.  Not to do so will make one miserable, rob life of its joy.

“The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”


Posted April 26, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 M-Z, Proverbs

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Evil Associates   4 comments

Evil Associates

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Rom. 12, 21

1 Cor. 15, 33


God created us social beings.  We hunger for associations with others.  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Many of the fowls and animals follow this instinct.  God gave it and for their good.


But we are also moral beings, good or bad.  Our associates help make the moral atmosphere we breathe.  This hurts or helps our moral development.

(1)  Here is one of the perils of life, the hurt of evil associates–those who are content with less than the best in life.

One decayed apple will ruin all in the barrel in time.  One small speck of brown rot on a peach will soon rot all in the crate or basket.  Corrupt tree, corrupt fruit; so is the life.

When a boy or girl drops out of church and gangs with others who stay away he or she is on the road to some secret or open sin, to something bad.

Enter not into the path of the wicked (Prov. 4, 14-15).  “Gather not my soul with the sinners” (Ps. 26, 9).  “If sinners enter thee consent thou  not” (Prov. 1, 10).

(2)  Cultivate, choose good associates.  They will be helpful always.  Spurn the bad.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

“Cleave to that which is good.”  “Overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12, 21).


Romans 12, 9   2 comments

Romans 12, 9

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Love is the chief characteristic of the Christian–his highest commandment–nothing higher.

Let it be the deepest emotion–from the depths of the soul, a strong upsurge of our spirit, genuine with no mere pretense or show.


So love God and the good that you will abhor the evil, it being contrary to God’s holy will.  It harms the soul.  Hate, detest it with horror.  “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.”  This is one manifestation of Christian love.  O, the horror of evil!

“Enter not into the way of the wicked and walk not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it and pass on” (Prov. 4, 14-15.


“Cleave to that which is good.”  Prize it above all else, set your heart on it, seek it earnestly.

Nothing else so adorns and beautifies the life.  His ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.

Dwell on it in your thinking, seek it every day.  Do good in all things.  “Overcome evil with good.”


Proverbs   1 comment


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The Heart, the Fountain of Life   1 comment


Above:  Fountain, Circa 1842

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Prov. 4, 23


Out of the heart issues character.

(1)  The various ends of life.  These come as result of endeavor for what one’s heart desires.

(2)  What is one in principle or feeling?

(3)  God’s estimate of one is as the heart.

Purify, elevate, and keep the heart from sin.


The sense of the original is:  Man’s happiness here depends upon the heart.

Like fountain, like stream.  Not environment, but the heart is the fountain.  The frendly have friends.  The happy dispositioned awakes a happy response.  “With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again,” here elsewhere.


Eternal issues are from the heart.  Character determines destiny.  The sinful here and sinful there.  From the sinful heart flow all kinds of evil deeds, which issue in eternal death.

How necessary that the heart be right in God’s sight?  It may be so.  Is it?