Text: :"My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not." - Proverbs 1:10.
Comment: This is a timely advice to worshippers of God, especially the youths, who have impressionable minds and are not spiritually mature enough to resist certain enticements, allurements or tempting pressures from their peer groups. Some youths have been lured into various money-related crimes to enrich themselves, and live false lives. The youths should be warned to desist from such practices, for, as the Bible says, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished…,” - Proverbs 13:11; 28:22.
St Paul admonished believers “Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” - Ephesians 4:28.
Moreover, King Solomon advised youths to dissociate themselves from ungodly friends, colleagues or peer groups, when he stated, “My Son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:.. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil, cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: for their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.” - Proverbs 1:10, 11, 13 – 16.