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Proverbs 4:6 (Mini Sermon)

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6. Pro 4:6 - "Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee."
A. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
i. Wisdom is not to be forsaken.
a. Forsake v. - 1. trans. To deny (an accusation, an alleged fact, etc.). Obs. b. To deny knowledge of (a person). Obs. c. To deny, renounce, or repudiate allegiance to (God, a lord, etc.). 2. To decline or refuse (something offered). 3. To give up, renounce. a. To give up, part with, surrender (esp. something dear or valued). Passing into sense 4. b. To break off from, renounce (an employment, design, esp. an evil practice or sin; also, a belief, doctrine). 4. To abandon, leave entirely, withdraw from; esp. to withdraw one's presence and help or companionship from; to desert.
b. In other words, don't deny wisdom's commandments, give up on her, or leave her.
c. Be steadfast and stablished in the faith (1Co 15:58).
ii. If wisdom is not forsaken, she will preserve us.
a. Preserve v. - 1. trans. To keep safe from harm or injury; to keep in safety, save, take care of, guard.
b. God will providentially protect us when we are following Him.
c. Wisdom will also keep us safe from harm by enabling us to make good decisions such as:
(i) Staying away from wicked men and strange women.
(ii) Abstaining from fornication and adultery.
(iii) Abstaining from drunkenness and drug use.
(iv) Staying out of debt.
(v) Saving for the future so that we don't have to depend on others.
(vi) Saying "no" to people and things that are a waste of our time.
B. love her, and she shall keep thee.
i. Love v. - 1. a. trans. With personal obj. or one capable of personification: To bear love to; to entertain a great affection or regard for; to hold dear.
ii. We should love the word of God from which wisdom comes (Psa 119:97).
iii. If we have a great affection and regard for wisdom, she will reciprocate and protect us, just like a husband does his wife.
iv. Those that love God's word will be kept in peace (Psa 119:165; Isa 26:3).