A Quote To Live By

Religion And Spirituality

Apr 10,2018

I’m not really what one would call a very religious person, but perhaps my favorite quote from the Bible is Psalms 1:1.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

It’s quite a quote to pick as a favorite. Even though it’s a quote about what the blessed man does, it’s mostly about avoiding the negative rather than seeking the positive. Wouldn’t it be better to favor a quote that embraces positivity?

Well, it would have – had we not lived in a world full of sinners and scoffers. In this world you will encounter those that are far enough in the gutter that one of the only things they know how to do is bring you down to their level. And if you walk with them, you will sin. Even if you try your hardest not to adopt their habits, you most likely will (at least to a subtle degree). And if you somehow manage to deflect their mental parasites, you will still do wrong by joining their party. Guilty by association.

There will be those that want something from you, and expect that you feel the same about them. But if they are wrongdoers they will bite you when they see you exercise the Psalms 1:1 quote. From their perspective you will seem like an elitist – someone who sits atop a high horse. But elitism isn’t really wrong per se; not when you distance yourself from those that pour toxic.

“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” (Psalms 1:5)

Again, I’m not the most religious person (nor am I the 10,000th in that line), but that quote is applicable to me now more than it ever was (the intro quote). There are people who will want something from you for the right reasons, and there are those that will for the wrong. If you can properly identify who’s who, then it might end up being your favorite Bible quote as well.

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