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Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 16

Gold Nugget
Verse 6: “In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.”

Commentary
After an amazing description of the grace and mercy of God in Romans Chapter 5, Paul opens Chapter 6 with a clear challenge to avoid abusing God’s grace by continuing in sin. Jesus paid the debt for our sins on the cross. His death was our atonement (payment) for sin. The atonement mentioned in today’s “gold nugget” clarifies that it is present through mercy (from God) and truth (God’s established Word). What God says is absolute (not up for private interpretation). Today’s “gold nugget” says, “In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.” Out of fear (reverence), for God, people will adhere to His truth and benefit from His mercy. Today I am seeing people utilize grace as an opportunity to continue dabbling in the world. More and more I see people partying in the clubs on Saturday and going to church on Sunday morning with scriptures posted on their Facebook. Is this a conflict of interest? Is this club and party scene counterproductive to the church scene on Sunday morning? Is this the concern of some stiff preacher expecting others to share his convictions? Well, what does today’s scripture say again? The Word of God dictates what is right and wrong. This preacher will just share what the Word has to say and you can decide whether you will adhere to His expectations or redefine them to fit your style. First; is the club scene or partying a sin? Does the bible say anything about it? Consider what Romans 13:13 says Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don't participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Let’s call it like it is. Although we can go through the list in that verse and say that we don’t go to clubs for any of those reasons, nobody that would be honest could deny that’s what they are designed and most used for. Although there are some neutral places, there are some places that are designed by God for his purpose and some places designed by satan for his purpose. Hanging out in the enemy’s backyard on Saturday and God’s front yard the next day is a conflict of interest. Some things are in the enemy’s interest and some things are in God’s interest and we need to quit playing both sides of the fence. God’s expectations are clear, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) Rubbing elbows with the world on Saturday night at the club and pretending that all is well, means you are either not familiar with what the Word of God says, or just don’t care. Which is it?

Prayer
Lord, sometimes we need to just stop “graying” up areas. We need to call the truth as it is whether it is convenient, comfortable or popular.  Help us to keep from eing offended by the truth, but allow the truth to bring us to repentance. Amen

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