They are as stark in difference as night is from day—Those that seek God and those that want to run independent of him. From the way they talk to the way they live each can be identified in seconds. As Solomon reminds us, Those who follow God look for ways to make things better. They use gentle words, they gladly accept discipline and training. They seek to draw people together with their words and actions, they use their resources for things bigger than themselves.
The godless are harsh and divisive. They stir up conflict, they ignore discipline and advice. Even when giving, there is always an angle for a return on their investment. They hate being corrected but love being right. They are abrasive, rude and completely self-absorbed. The irony is that even when they try to act like the Godly, it simply does not play well. Their attempt is so artificial, it makes things worse. Often times they do not even realize the difference. The question for us is which model fits our lives. If you are seeking God, odds are good you fit the former, not the latter. In the end, only one life plays well—The life of one who seeks God and his wisdom.
God Bless You
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.