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The last thing we ever want to be known for is being a fool. Scripture gives us a lot of insight into what that looks like and how to recognize one and what to do when you encounter a fool.

“Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison. Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool. Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” Proverbs 26:1-12

So, what’s the take-away from these verses?

Don’t live the life of a fool.

Recognize foolish behavior and avoid it.

Don’t hire fools.

Don’t trust fools.

Don’t think yourself wise in your own eyes or you will be worse than a fool.

So, what is the telltale characteristic of a fool?

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

Do you want to avoid foolish behavior? Live for Jesus!

Jesus, I commit my life to You. I want to make wise choices, living my life for You.


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