Proverbs 24:8-9

Whoever plans to do evil
will be called a schemer.
The devising of folly is sin,
and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.

The dictionary defines “a schemer” as someone who is always trying to pull a fast one, or get by through shady, under-handed methods. Here it is coupled with the words evil, folly, and abomination. Now, that is bad company.

The one who schemes has no love in his heart. In fact his attitude and behavior are the complete opposite of what we find in 1 Corinthians 13: “He puffs himself up. The schemer is impatient and cruel; he envies and boasts; he is arrogant and rude. He insists on his own way; he is irritable and resentful; he rejoices in wrongdoing, and hates the truth.” The schemer lives in darkness, and carries out foolish and evil deeds.

We are an alternative to what the world provides. Show that difference. This day let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matt. 5:16).

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