Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Makings Of A Fool, According To The Bible

Image by Rahab Jordan
Image by Rahab Jordan
Fools are everywhere. After reading this article, you might even realize you used to be one. Unless you still are. Or perhaps you think you are wise because of your status. Maybe you're not a fool and have just been called one.

So-called status and position DO NOT indicate wisdom; nor does it exclude one from being a fool. Maybe it should. But it doesn't. Not in this currently corrupt system. Religion, education, politics and the corporate world are full of fools who think they are wise.

Being friends with a fool has absolutely no benefits. Being married to one would make for an utterly miserable existence. And please don't marry a fool thinking you're going to change them. That notion would reveal you as the fool.
  • Fools rob you of precious moments because negativity follows them everywhere
  • Fools waste both time and energy, thereby accomplishing nothing
  • Fools always make life messes that reflects badly on you
  • Fools break your focus with their foolish behavior
The wise recognize fools. Being able to recognize a fool will empower you to avoid many painful and humiliating experiences in your life.

What the Bible Has To Say About 'Fools'
(The following scripture references are from the Message Bible and The Living Bible- MSG & TLB)
  • Avoid conversations with a Fool. They don't adhere to correction. And they love to argue and babble about nothing. "Do not respond to the stupidity of a Fool; you'll only look foolish yourself." Proverbs 26:4
  • Fools cause their parents to live in sorrow all their lives. "Having a Fool for a child is misery; it's no fun being the parent of a dolt." Proverbs 17:21
  • A Fool talks too much. "Fools talk way too much, chattering stuff they know nothing about." Ecclesiastes 10:14 --see also Ecclesiastes 5:3
  • A Fool hates wisdom and instruction. "How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence Yahuwah! Only Fools refuse to be taught. Listen to your father and mother. What you learn from them will stand you in good stead; it will gain you many honors." Proverbs 1:7-9
  • A Fool repeats or creates lies and misrepresentation of others. "To hide hatred is to be a liar; to slander is to be a Fool." Proverbs 10:18
  • A Fool refuses to stop being evil and wicked. "It is pleasant to see plans develop. That is why Fools refuse to give them up even when they are wrong."  Proverbs 13:19
  • A Fool laughs at those who try to steer them away from sin by sharing the Word of Elohim. "Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor."  Proverbs 14:9 
  • A Fool reveals secrets that he knows should be kept private. "Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of Fools is made known."  Proverbs 14:33
  • A Fool ignores and disobeys his father's instruction. "A Fool despises his father's instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent."  Proverbs 15:5
  • A Fool shows hatred and disrespect toward his mother. "A wise son makes his father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother."  Proverbs 15:20
  • A Fool is always causing an uproar about something.  "It is an honor for a man to stay away from strife, but every Fool will be quarreling about something."  Proverbs 20:3
  • A Fool lives beyond his means, spending more money than he earns. "Wise people save money and the nice things they have. Fools use up everything as soon as they get it."  Proverbs 21:20
  • A Fool is always found in the middle of strife and contention. "Fools say things to start arguments. They are just asking for a beating. Fools hurt themselves when they speak. Their own words trap them."  Proverbs 18:6,7
  • Taking or keeping a Fool as a companion will ultimately destroy you. "Be friends with those who are wise, and you will become wise. Choose Fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble." Proverbs 13:20
  • It's wise to leave the presence of a Fool when you perceive foolishness in him. "Stay away from Fools, there is nothing they can teach you." Proverbs 14:7
  • Fools do not respect wise counsel. Don't waste your time. "Don't try to teach Fools. They will make fun of your wise words."  Proverbs 23:9
  • Fools should never have positions of leadership or influence over others. "Wisdom is too high for Fools. They cannot understand it. They have nothing to say when people are discussing important things."  Proverbs 24:7
  • Fools never learn. Or they don't care to learn from their mistakes.  "Like a dog that returns to its vomit, a Fool does the same foolish things again and again."  Proverbs 26:11
  • We've covered only a fraction of what scriptures say about being a Fool. All of humanity has been a fool before learning and being transformed. Much of humanity still is. 
  • Study. Research. Search the scriptures. All scriptures. And always see yourself in the books you search and study. Transformation only happens when we see ourselves --and not being pulled into the hypocrisy of pointing out someone else's missteps.

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