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Consent Not

“My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent” Proverbs 1:10.

Having established his theme of following after wisdom in all aspects of life, Solomon moves quickly to instructing a son about his relationship with his parents and then, here, about his relationship with wicked companions.

There is no misunderstanding the instruction: the son is to JUST SAY NO, regardless of what enticements the wicked may set before him. Solomon goes on to detail some of the kinds of deceptive enticements a sinner may present.

The lesson heralds down the annals of time: those who want to have a healthy relationship with God and an assured home in heaven must not give in to the temptations others place before them. Even in our youth, we need to establish the strength of faith and integrity of character to stay with the principles God sets forth in His word.

"Thought for the Week - 07/26/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.