"BE DOERS OF THE WORD AND NOT JUST HEARERS," TO BUILD A GODLY LIFE.
"PONDER THE PATH OF YOUR FEET THAT ALL YOUR WAYS MIGHT BE ESTABLISHED." Hide the Word of God in your heart that you might not sin against the LORD and you will have better insights into situations than those who lean on their own understanding. The wicked ponder the path of their feet according to their own evil counsels, but the righteous ponder the path of their feet to fulfill the perfect will of God righteously and ALL THEIR WAYS ARE ESTABLISHED.
"HE THAT HURRIES WITH HIS FEET SINS." There is a godly pace to do things. Any time you get in a rush, you inhibit your ability to think things through, and stretch your patience beyond its limits. Hurrying cause mistakes you would not make were you doing things at a godly pace.
"BE QUICK TO HEAR, AND SLOW TO SPEAK. The foolish speak before they hear what is really being said. But the wise listen carefully and consider thoughtfully before answering.
"A SOFT WORD TURNS AWAY WRATH." When people are angry, they need to know you care; and that you have no hostile intent to hurt or defraud them in any way. Slow down. Speak softly and calmly make your intentions clear. Then leave off contention and go about your business.
"THERE IS LIFE AND DEATH IN THE MOUTH." The woman below illustrates what it means to be
snared by sin and carried away. She is blind to it.
"THE WAGES OF SIN ARE DEATH." Your sins will find you out. God Almighty doesn't miss the blink of an eye. The paycheck for sins is the same as it was in the beginning of time. Sin is a deadly spiritual problem.
"ONLY WITH PRIDE COMES CONTENTION." When you find yourself becoming aggressive and loud with others to justify yourself, it is your egotistical pride. Calm down. It does not matter how right you think you are for the moment, contentiousness is not the way to resolve a matter. Even if it takes a few days, wait until your anger is dissolved before talking about it.
"KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP BUT LOVE BUILDS UP." Those who study much as well as those to whom much is revealed by the Spirit are subject to their pride becoming puffed up. It was for this cause that God gave Saint Paul a thorn in the flesh to humble him from abundant revelations. Knowledge ought to increase your strength to obey the Word in all you do and to love others charitably.
"LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH." If you love God, you will hide his Word in your heart so you might not sin against him. But if you love the world, the love of God is not in your heart.
"WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE PURE, THINK ON THESE THINGS..." What you think makes a difference. God knows your thoughts. The pure in heart shall see God but those who serve two masters will suffer from conflicting motives and their thoughts will not always be pure.
"PROVE ALL THINGS AND HOLD FAST TO THE GOOD." Avoid presumptuousness in regard to what is good and what is evil. Some things appear to be good when they are deadly while other things appear to be evil when they are good for your development spiritually. Put everything to the test and hold fast to the good.
"SET YOUR AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH." Materialistic advantages produce illusions of power, freedom and happiness but for those who are building the Kingdom of God within, there is unspeakable joy and peace that passes all understanding. The things that are unseen are greater than things that are seen.
OBEY THOSE WHOM YOU WORK FOR ACCORDING TO THE FLESH WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING IN SINGLENESS OF HEART AS THOUGH YOU WERE WORKING FOR CHRIST. In this way, you will train your mind to work for the Lord. If you can obediently serve man who is corrupt, you will be able to serve the Lord who is Perfect when your time comes.
"WIVES, SUBMIT YOURSELVES UNTO YOUR OWN HUSANDS, AS UNTO THE LORD," not just in word but in everything you do, seeking to fulfill your husband's will perfectly as though he were the Lord. In doing so, you will be able to serve the Lord who is Perfect when your time comes.
"HUSBANDS,LOVE YOUR WIVES, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT;..." The wife needs to know you are a hundred percent her supplier and protector, and in trusting you completely; her love for you will flourish like a garden. "HE THAT LOVES HIS WIFE, LOVES HIMSELF."
"BROTHERS, YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED UNTO LIBERTY; ONLY DO NOT USE LIBERTY FOR AN OCCASION TO THE FLESH, BUT BY LOVE SERVE ONE ANOTHER." Too many give to get and by doing so, their giving is corrupted. Serve one another with a true heart of pure godly love giving without expecting anything in return. Avoid altogether the evil habit of promoting yourself to lead the body of Christ in some spiritual role you are not qualified for. The temptation exists as long as God Almighty remains silent regarding such activities in this lifetime, but there is a price tag on all such sins you will not wish to pay when it comes due in Judgment.
"FAITH WORKS BY LOVE." If your works of faith are not moved by a heart of pure love, your works will be like clanging cymbals. You must die to self of motives for vain glory, the illusions of power and of financial profit or you will not have a pure heart of love.
"HUMBLE YOURSELVES THAT YOU MIGHT BE EXALTED."