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Proverbs 22:10-11

Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Out of scorn comes contention and contention is made up of strife and reproach. When scorn is coming out of the human mouth it is evidence of strife and reproach in the human heart. When there is strife in our heart we will hear scorn coming out of our mouth.

Many times instead of being content that Jesus is in my life and instead of being content that He is the King of kings, we find contention surfacing in our lives. Contention shows itself as scorn. When I must scorn or belittle someone or something it is quite clear that my contentment and peace is gone.

We are instructed to cast out scorn. One meaning of the phrase cast out is to put away and to divorce a wife. We are so married to our opinions and feelings about things that it is almost impossible to separate ourselves from them. The Bible said that scorn has to be cast out. It’s more than a passive thing. It takes an active and aggressive action to separate ourselves from scorn.

The reward for separating ourselves from scorn is that peace will fill our heart and out of our mouth will come grace. Instead of a scornful attitude you will hear gratitude flowing out that Jesus Christ is King and rules with mercy and love for all.

When the King hears gratitude coming out of our mouth instead of scorn, He knows that He can count us as a friend. A friend is someone you can share confidences with and someone who understands your feelings, even when you’re wrong. A friend is always there for you when you need someone.

How awesome that I can trade my scorn for a friend who is the King of kings and LORD of lords!

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