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Session 12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Read: Proverbs 12

We have all heard the phrase “guilt by association.” Did you know there is also such a thing as “hurt by association”?

The Bible has a lot to say about foolishness and wisdom. The term “fool” is not used as an insult nor does it refer to a person’s IQ. Foolishness describes a state of mind and a matter of character. If respect for God is the beginning of wisdom, the opposite is also true: A foolish person is someone who does not respect God (Proverbs 9:10).

While we all act foolishly at times, there is a significant difference between making mistakes and living opposed to Jesus.

Proverbs 12 describes fools as quick-tempered, prideful, and manipulative (Proverbs 12:2 and Proverbs 12:5). Fools refuse to accept advice or correction, and they intentionally seek to hurt others (Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 12:5-16). But, those who respect God and follow Jesus make a conscious effort to seek peace, tell the truth, work hard, and encourage those around them (Proverbs 12:17-28).

Who we surround ourselves with has a direct impact on our desire and ability to pursue the kind of life Jesus wants us to live. It is not possible to follow Him and ignore His warnings about people we should avoid.

The friends we run closely with influence the direction we go in. If we want to be wise, we have to surround ourselves with people who encourage us to make good decisions and help us avoid the deceit of foolishness (Proverbs 12:26).

Reflect:

  • Who do you know that encourages you to follow Jesus? Are there people in your life who you find yourself getting into trouble with more often than not?
  • Does knowing where Jesus leads us (peace, contentment, joy), change your perspective about heeding His warnings? Why or why not?

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So you want to be wise?

So you want to be wise?

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2

The best way to find your way

The best way to find your way

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3

Is God mad at me?

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4

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You have access to a wealth of wisdom

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5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

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Why you need to be leading you

Why you need to be leading you

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How to avoid getting pulled in again

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How do we know what’s true?

How do we know what’s true?

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9

How to win in every disagreement

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Will they miss you when you’re gone?

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11

How are you measuring success in life?

How are you measuring success in life?

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12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

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13

Lying won’t get you what you really want

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14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

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15

How to deal with anger

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16

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

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17

Use your words for good, not evil

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18

Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

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19

Learn to own your mistakes

Learn to own your mistakes

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20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

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21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

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22

Why you should care what other people think

Why you should care what other people think

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23

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

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24

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

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25

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

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26

How to know who is worthy of honor

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27

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

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28

What to look for in a leader

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Why you should welcome discipline at any age

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Do you believe God is awesome?

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How to live a life of noble character

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