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I, the Lord, have set before thee,

Life and death

Blessing and cursing

Truth and deceit

Generosity and greed

Perseverance and self-pity

Choose life!

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I, the Lord, have set before thee,

Life and death

Blessing and cursing

Compassion and apathy

Sacrifice and indulgence

Peace and hostility

Choose life!

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I, the Lord, have set before thee,

Life and death

Blessing and cursing

Fidelity and treachery

Gentleness and brutality

Redemption and condemnation

Choose life!

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I, the Lord, have set before thee,

Life and death

Blessing and cursing

Integrity and corruption

Contentment and covetousness

Unity and dissension

Choose life!

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I, the Lord, have set before thee,

Life and death

Blessing and cursing

Forgiveness and bitterness

Diligence and complacency

Grace and judgement

Choose life!

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So that both you and your descendants may live (Deut. 30:19)

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Early on in scripture we learn that God sets before us, “life and death, blessings and curses.”  And even though it may seem like an obvious choice, He encourages us to “choose life”.  I would suppose that some might wonder who in the world would choose death/curses over life/blessings, but as we read the balance of scripture, I sense that most of us unwittingly do it almost every day.

 

The book of Proverbs tells us that there is a way that seems right to a man, and that it ultimately leads to death.”  If we accept that as truth, we’re saying that living life by our own sense of what’s right is essentially choosing the way of death.  In the gospels we learn that Jesus is the way, the truth and the “life”, and that He came that we might have “life”, and have it to the full.  From this, we can derive that choosing life equates to following Jesus and His ways.  And while that may bring on a big sigh of relief from those who count themselves as “Christian”, I would submit that there is a world of difference between believing in Jesus, and following Him and His ways.

 

The reality check here is that scripture tells us, “small is the gate, and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  In the end, we must choose to take that narrow road in order to choose life.

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