Lesson 31Theme: Inner beauty and the meaning of true love.

The last two lessons referred to Solomon because we can learn so much from his life. The conclusion of Ecclesiastes, which Solomon wrote, relates directly to our topic, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’ ” (Eccl. 12:1). If we forget our Lord in our youth, we will pay the price of disobedience in the later years. So, we are told to remember our Creator while young and to establish a pattern of following Him. If we do these things, our final days will be as good (or better) than our beginning.

We learn from Solomon that walking with the Lord is essential, starting as a youth, and Solomon seems to have done so. A good start will help us all our lives; however, we always have to follow the Lord. Solomon ended his life poorly in spite of a good start. How can this be? Well, he purposely disobeyed God as an adult by marrying non-believing women (foreign wives). If this happened to the wisest man who ever lived, surely it can happen to any of us. This example teaches the need for having proper relationships with the opposite sex, and being just friends is the best way to start.

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