School of Experience
To what extent did
Solomon test the pleasures of this world?
I denied myself
nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no
pleasure. My heart took delight in all my
work, and this was the reward for all my labor.
How much true enjoyment
did a course afford?
Yet when I surveyed
all that my hands had done and what I toiled to
achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing
after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
Of what does Solomon bid
the young, in the buoyancy of youth, to be
Be happy, young man
while you are young, and let your heart give you
joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways
of the heart and whatever your eyes see, but know
that all these things God will bring you to
judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9.
Grace Gives Sober Counsel
How does the grace of God
teach us that we should live?
For the grace of God
that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It
teaches us to say No to ungodliness
and worldly passions, and to live
self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this
present age. Titus 2:11,12.
What classes of individuals
are admonished to be sober?
Teach the older men
to be temperate, worthy of respect,
self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love an
in endurance. Like wise, teach the older
women to be reverent in the way they live, not to
slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach
what is good. They can train the younger women to
love their husbands and children, to be
self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to
be kind, and to be subjects to their husbands, so
that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly,
encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
What similar advice is given
in the Epistle to the Romans?
Let us behave
decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and
drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and
debauchery, not in dissention and jealousy.
Foolishness, Sin, and Satan
Why are foolish talking
and jesting to be avoided?
Nor should there be
any obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which
are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Note To indulge in
such things is not becoming a Christian. Life,
with all its responsibilities and great issues at
stake, is too serious a matter to be spent in
such vanities. Levity, foolishness, light and
loose talking, throw us off guard, and open the
way to temptation and sin. To avoid sin, we must
be sober and constantly on guard.
Why are sobriety and vigilance
Be self-controlled and
alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like
a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8.
Sobriety and Christs
Therefore prepare your
minds for action; be self-controlled; set
your hope fully on the grace to be given you when
Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:13.
What other consideration
should lead us to sobriety and watchfulness in
this day and time?
The end of all things
is near. Therefore be clear-minded and
self-controlled so that you can pray. 1
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