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Proverbs 21:17

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

The love of pleasure is a sure road to destruction and destitution. As the rich man in Luke 12:18 died and lost everything, including his soul, after he expressed his love of pleasure by saying,” This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods”, so shall we experience destruction and destitution when we seek pleasure of self instead of the LORD’s pleasure in our life.

We are commanded clearly in God’s Word to love the LORD with all our being and our neighbor as our self. Therefore the love of pleasure results in a poor outcome. The soul who seeks God’s pleasure by loving the LORD with all their being and loving their neighbor as their self, with whatever riches they have, is the soul that goes to sleep at night with an inexplicable satisfaction and pleasure that is beyond understanding.

There was a certain ruler in Luke 18 who had kept the commandments from his youth but was instructed by Jesus that he needed to sell all that he had and distribute to the poor in order to have treasure in heaven. This certain ruler was trying to love the LORD with all his being but was still lacking in loving his neighbor as himself.

There was another time when the disciples were faced with feeding five thousand men, beside women and children. All the food that the disciples had available to them came to five loaves of bread and two fish. As Jesus gave thanks for the food that was available and distributed it to the hungry it was miraculously multiplied and there was more left over at the end than they started out with.

The one that is truly rich is the one who loves the LORD with all their being and loves their neighbor as their self. Jesus please teach us to love as you do.

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