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Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)
TITLE: The Price of Favor
By Lisa O'Neal
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It all to gain the favor of evil?
Many seek the favor of a generous man,
And everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
(Proverbs 19:6 ESV)
Would he consider his lost worthy
Of his mourning and travailing?
Or would he pass it along as an effort
Without benefit? Time spent, yielding only waste.
What favor has this evil pressed upon
This man that would push him pass the
Halls of reason and the courts of knowledge?
What motive has driven his heart to
Seek the praises of man rather the pearls of God?
Friends of such a man, merely perverted and
Tricksters awaiting his demise.
These are grumblers, malcontents, following their
Own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters,
Showing favoritism to gain advantage. (Jude 16 ESV)
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or
To deprive the righteous of justice. (Proverbs 18:5 ESV)
So why does he choose to let the evil pass
Before the halls of justice with a wink of the eye?
The innocent crawl and cry out for mercy and he
Chooses to turn a deaf ear and wave away their pain.
How much more the riches of heaven to seek the favor
Of the very fire breathed which consumes heaven itself.
Consumed and obsessed by motives satisfied only by the
Yielding to a Holy God – whatever the cost of His favor.
Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law,
And if I perish, I perish. (Esther 4:16 ESV)
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