The promise of grace and the call to faith

Proverbs 6:1-15
‘Save yourself …like a bird from the hand of the fowler’ (5). ‘He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler'(Psalm 91:3). In Scripture, we have both the promise of grace and the call to faith: ‘By grace you have been saved’ (Ephesians 2:5), ‘Your faith has saved you’ (Luke 7:50), ‘Keep yourselves in the love of God’, ‘To Him who is able to keep you from falling (Jude 21,24). Laugh at ‘the sluggard’ (6-11), but do not laugh too quickly or too long: You may be laughing at yourself! Looking at the sluggard is like looking into a mirror. We see so much of ourselves in him! ‘A worthless man, a wicked man’ – He ‘fancies himself’ – He’s ‘a chancer’. He better watch out: God doesn’t share this man’s opinion of himself – ‘calamity will come…he will be broken beyond healing’ (15).
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