“I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.”
Psalm 119:99 NKJV
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent, the devil, had a specific strategy for getting Adam and Eve to sin. Look at his words to Eve in Genesis 3:1: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Notice how he tries to make Eve question God’s words.
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“So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”  And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.”
Ruth 2:10-12 NKJV
Boaz did not yet know Ruth, but he had heard all about her. He had heard how she stood by her mother-in-law, Naomi, and he was impressed. Not only did he give Ruth food to feed Naomi and herself, but he also blessed her by wishing that God would reward her for her integrity.
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You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.’
Deuteronomy 1:17 NKJV
These days it seems that people are divided into two categories, the “haves” and the “have-nots.” The haves are usually the ones who are on top in our culture. They have money, power, respect and popularity.
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“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 NLT
God created people with a gift for and a need for companionship. Friendship is one of the most beautiful experiences life has to offer, especially when we are going through tough times or struggles.
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“Debate your case with your neighbor, And do not disclose the secret to another;  Lest he who hears it expose your shame, And your reputation be ruined.”
Proverbs 25:9-10 NKJV
“Your reputation be ruined.” These are chilling words. These verses deal with how we are to settle conflicts. If we have a conflict with someone, we are not supposed to blab about it all over town. When we speak poorly of someone, we damage their reputation and our own. And we expose ourselves to shame, a shame that does not just fade away.
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