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Beware of Judas

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Trust Torn

In this life we must learn to be very wise and discerning about who we choose to call our friends. Everyone who claims to be our friend does not necessarily have our best interest at heart. There are those who seem to be our friend and confidant, but they are “Judas” in disguise. Their character is shady, and they have the gift of gab which they use to deceive and make you seem as a fool.

The psalmist speaks to the Savior knowing that one of His twelve apostles would betray Him. That disciple as we know from the narrative was Judas. The psalmist records in Psalm 41:9, “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” I can personally relate this  type of “friend” to the experiences that I had when I was an active participant in the drug culture. The people who I thought were my friends – people who did drugs with me – ended up being nothing more than “Judas” in disguise. Once they got what they wanted, they betrayed me.

I now use extreme caution and wisdom in deciding who I can trust, and who I call my friend. I have also learned that even some people who refer to themselves as “Christians” can be deceiving. They profess one thing, but their own actions towards others, if they are not careful, can oftentimes betray the very things which they claim to profess.

So until we meet again my friends, I counsel you to use wisdom and discernment in deciding who you call your friends.

Karlyn Kay Stebbins
February 14, 2015

Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications.  She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.

The Folly of A Fool

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Fool's Folly

To entertain a fool in his folly is like getting into the pig pen and wallowing in the mud with the pig. One of you likes it while the other becomes disgustingly filthy.

The wick of the fool’s candle will continue to burn so long as there are those who give in to his antics and continue to play his nonsensical games of which there are no real rules other than the rules that he devises as the games progress to make sure that the score always remains in his favor. The longer one continues to play the fool’s games, the more they become ensnared in the mangling chords of his web of madness and confusion without a chance of ever breaking free.

It may seem impossible to beat the fool at his games, but there is one sure way. The best way to beat a fool at his own games is to not become foolish enough to play his games in the first place. A fool left to his own folly to play his games alone will find that the wick of his candle will soon be snuffed out like a candle in the wind.

~ Keith Lionel Brown

Proverbs 26:4-5

 

A Fool and His Folly

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To entertain a fool in his folly is like getting into the pig pen and wallowing in the mud with the pig. One of you likes it while the other becomes disgustingly filthy. The wick of the fool’s candle will continue to burn so long as there are those who give in to his antics and continue to play his nonsensical games of which there are no real rules other than the rules that he devises as the games progress to make sure that the score always remains in his favor. The longer one continues to play the fool’s games, the more they become ensnared in the mangling chords of his web of madness and confusion with no chance of ever breaking free. There may seem to be no way to beat the fool at his games, but there is one sure way. The best way to beat a fool at his own games is to not become foolish enough to play his games in the first place. A fool left to his own folly to play his games alone will find that the wick of his candle will soon be snuffed out like a candle in the wind.

~ Keith Lionel Brown

The Wisdom of a Man

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Man Kneeling in PrayerBlessed is the man who is wise enough to acknowledge the hand of Almighty God in all things. Only a fool could believe that all things are wrought by his own hands.

Blessed is the man who is wise enough to be willing to be teachable and to learn from that which he is taught by precept and experience. Only a fool could believe that he himself knows it all. Instead of appearing to be wise, such a man is clearly seen to be a fool.

Live Like ChristBlessed is the man who acknowledges the value of others and learns to treat each person with dignity and respect – just as he himself would want to be treated. Only a fool could endeavor to isolate himself from the help of others. His empire will crumble under the weight of his own self-righteousness, egotism, and pride.

Blessed is the man who is wise enough to stand for what he believes and to know that he is right without lording “victory” over his adversary. Only a fool becomes crass and overbearing in making his stand, reaping disharmony and contention, and destroying whatever potential his position might have offered.