3 Kinds of People: Wise, Foolish, Evil | Real Relationships

3 Kinds of People: Wise, Foolish, Evil | Real Relationships

Proverbs 24:1-3, 5-7 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble…A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.


#1. Wise People Live by the Spirit

= No one wise in every area

  1. Not most intelligence or education – humble & teachable
  2. Self-motivated to mature
  3. Embrace reality & changes to align w/reality
  4. Empathy & awareness of how their actions affect others
  5. Responsible & follows through on tasks
  6. Has a pattern of apologizing, repenting owning failure
  7. Healthy conflict & correction grows the relationship
  8. Looking at where they started, you see progress

= more time, energy, money, access, information

= Live by Spirit = Personal Relationship


#2. Foolish People Live by the Flesh

= Everyone foolish in areas & at times

  1. Not less intelligent or less educated
  2. Irresponsible, unteachable, always have an excuse
  3. Denies reality & does not learn from failure
  4. Selfish (low empathy) & blameshifts
  5. Burden givers, not burden lifters
  6. Life draining, not life giving
  7. May be fun but not respected
  8. Mainly moved by pain

= consequences, boundaries, assignments

= Live by Flesh = Pastoral relationship (Jesus & Peter)

WARNING – gravity pulls from foolish to evil


#3. Evil People Live by the Demonic

  1. Intentionally dangerous
  2. “Righteous” victim
  3. Hurt & hurting
  4. Tormented & tormenting
  5. Controlling, demanding, domineering
  6. Threatening – fear/punishment
  7. Win-Lose – no empathy or compassion
  8. Live by demonic

= if you engage, you will enrage

= Live by Demonic = Professional relationship (cops, attorneys, counselors)

= Jesus & Judas

Pastor Mark & Grace
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