No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. (Lou Nicholes - Missionary/Author).
A person’s behavior reflects his character. Even a child’s actions and conduct reveal what they are like We all must do the things that please God (v. 11). That is why it is important to not only listen to what people say but also to observe with our eyes what people do (v. 12). Sleeping when one ought to be working results in lack of food (v. 13) The lazy man becomes poor, because he refuses to work. The worker earns his wages, so that he has plenty of food. Christians who are sleeping should be aroused to a sense of the value of time which is so rapidly passing away (Eph. 5:15-16).
Sometimes a shrewd buyer tries to bargain with the seller in order to get the price lowered (v. 14). Then having bought it the buyer brags about the deal he got. The person who is selling needs to be on guard to such bargain hunters. Gold and precious stones seem valuable but knowledge is more valuable than gold or precious stones (v. 15). You deserve to lose your coat if you loan it to someone to guarantee payment for the debt of a stranger (v. 16). The food you get by cheating may taste delicious, but it turns to gravel (v. 17). In other words, we might feel happy when we do an evil action. But soon it will feel terrible. Be sure you have sound advice before making plans or starting a war (v. 18). Be careful of those who flatter to your face because they will probably gossip about you behind your back (v. 19). When such a person gets in among a Christian assembly, he can do untold mischief. The safe plan is to refuse altogether to listen to “him that flattereth with his lips”. By doing this much sorrow can be averted.
What is God’s promise to those who honor their parents (Eph. 6:3). I not only need to show honor to my parents but I need to teach my children to do the same.
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