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If you are wise,
you are wise for yourself,
and if you scoff,
you will bear it alone.

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In Context
 
Proverbs Chapter 9
 
The Way of Wisdom: Wisdom's Invitation

1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5 "Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.
7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."



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About THE TWO ROADS
Life has only two roads, and you are on one of them. One leads to death and eternal punishment -- the other to everlasting life, and every person will exist for eternity. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Being saved from sin’s penalty is simple: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Even if we have never read a Bible or do not understand what it means to sin against God we can know we are sinners, because God created each of us with a conscience. We know what we don’t want others to do to us, to steal our possessions, lie about us, or be unkind to us. When we do to someone what we don’t want done to us, our conscience lets us know we have done wrong.

The penalty for sin is death. But 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the holy Son of God, became a man. For 33 years He lived without sin. Then He was killed. He paid the penalty for sin without committing the crime, though, so death had no power over Him. Because of this, after three days, He came back to life. He is alive! And now He offers forgiveness of sin and the gift of everlasting life to everyone who will ask Him. You can receive Christ as your Savior right now, this moment. You don’t have to be in a church or special place, or have the help of a minister or priest. You can pray now, wherever you are. God is listening. Tell Him in your own words that you are sorry for your sins and that you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. It’s your prayer He wants to hear:

“God, I know I have sinned. I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ, died to take the punishment for my sin. I believe Jesus came back to life from death and has the power to forgive my sin and change my life. Forgive me. Come into my life and change me. I want to live for You and follow Your plan for my life. I believe You have forgiven me, and I thank You for hearing my prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

God has forgiven you if you prayed this prayer and meant it from your heart. Now you can begin the life He has planned for you, step by step God will lead you to what He has chosen for you. He will show you the way to live and will teach you each day as you grow spiritually and become the person He planned for you to be.


More info at
http://followchrist.ag.org/godsplan1.cfm

Excerpted from an article by Randy Hurst.


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Proverbs 9:12

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