Everybody Plays the Fool: Part 4
Today we will discuss our last biblical fool. This fool is the worst fool of them all. This fool takes pleasure in sinning. Proverbs 14:9 says, "Fools mock at sin." They choose to live unrighteous and laugh and ridicule those who do choose to live righteously.
This type of fool doesn't take life seriously. He or she thinks everything is funny. They believe in living in the moment. They live by the #YOLO (You Only Live Once) theory. They do stupid and foolish things and their excuse is "You only live once, so why not?"
Another trait of this fool is they don't learn from their mistakes and they don't like to rebuked or corrected for their sinful behavior. Proverbs 9:8 says, "Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you."
Here some characteristics of the type of fool:
"A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom." Proverbs 10:23
"The schemes of a fool are sinful." Proverbs 24:9
"It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them." Proverbs 13:19
"Like a dog that returns to its vomit, Is a fool who repeats his folly." Proverbs 26:11
Now we should never put our selves on a pedestal because the Word tells us "we are all sinners and have all fallen short of the glory." So never think you are better than a fool. We are just wiser than a fool because we know we can repent for our sins and change and turn from our sinful ways and behaviors.
Now God is going to severely deal with this type of biblical fool. God sees their foolishness and already has their judgment set in place. Proverbs 19:29, says "Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools." So please don’t be a fool!
Now that we know the characteristics of biblical fools, we know what to discern for and who to stay away from. The Word advises us to stay away from fools. Proverbs 14:7 says, “Go from the presence of a foolish man”.
Many of us encounter fools on a daily basis. Some of us deal with fools at our jobs, in our homes, and at our schools. Some of us even deal with fools at our church. Remember everybody that goes to church aint saved! Some of us are dating fools, and sadly for some people-married to some.
Unfortunately, though the Word advises us to stay away from fools, if you work with some or go to school with some, that won’t be so easy. You most likely will have to deal with them, but deal with them wisely.
Here are some scriptures on how the bible says we should deal with fools:
Don’t try to correct or confront a fool. “Do not correct a fool, lest he hates you, rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:8
Never honor or give a fool a compliment. “Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.” Proverbs 26:1
Never argue with a fool. “Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.” Proverbs 26:4
Put a fool out or drive them away. “Drive out a mocker, and conflict will leave. Quarreling and abuse will stop.” Proverbs 22:10
Live honorable, righteous lives. “For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” 1 Peter 2:15
Don’t speak to fools “Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.” Proverbs 23:9
Never use a fool to send a message. “Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison!” Proverbs 26:6
Never hire a fool as an employee. “An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random.” Proverbs 26:10
Don’t befriend a fool. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble." Proverbs 13:20
Today I encourage you to get rid of the foolish people in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you deal with the foolish people you have to encounter. Now though we are commanded to stay away from fools, we are still commanded to love them. In Romans 1:14, Paul says, “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.” We still have to show them love, compassion, and respect when we are forced to be in their presence.
Tomorrow we will wrap up our “Everybody Plays The Fool” series. I hope you guys have enjoyed the series as much as I have! We will end with Part 5: “Fools For Christ”.
Today's Scripture: "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers." Psalm 1:1