A Proverb a Day (15/31)

Today’s reading is Proverbs 15. (Behind the scenes bonus info: any time there’s a picture of food or scenery it means I have a crazy morning and no time to pull out the pens, journal, and such.) 😆

I’m always struck by verse 4. A perverse or deceitful tongue breaks the spirit. We’ve talked about the wounding power of our words, but we must understand that it’s more than hurt feelings at stake. We’re talking about broken spirits.

In Exodus 6, when Moses tried to help the people experience freedom, it says that the people wouldn’t listen on account of their harsh conditions and their broken spirits.

We’ve all experienced it, no doubt. Something good is on the horizon for you but you’re afraid to try for it because you remember something someone said to you in the past. Something that made you feel unworthy of that good thing. Or incapable of achieving it.

One good way to help us not break people’s spirits with our words is also found in this proverb.

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer… vs 28

Did someone hurt my feelings? Let me ponder and pray before responding.

Did someone’s actions, words, posts offend me? Let me think about it before I make a stink about it.

Did my kid do something that I told them not to do and the result was exactly what I warned them about? Let me pause so that I don’t spill out words in a moment of haste that can break their spirit for years to come.

Hear me clearly, I’m not saying (nor is Scripture) that we ignore wrong. That we are silent to injustice. That we keep the peace at all costs. We just need to ponder first. Pause first. Pray first.

Then, we can respond in a way that is godly and appropriate for the occasion (Ephesians 4:29.)

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A Proverb a Day (14/31)

Something in us craves a simple, uncomplicated, neat, and tidy existence. What today’s proverb tells us, though, is that with work comes a little mess (vs 4.) Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean. But, when the manger is clean, no work is being done.

We also see that the work is worth it because there is profit in our productivity (vs 23.) Talking and planning without working is pointless.

Ministry is messy. Loving people can be complicated. Serving the Lord will not always result in a neat and tidy life. Talking and planning have their places but, until we get our hands dirty, nothing changes.

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A Proverb a Day (13/31)

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

It is said that we become the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. It matters who we align ourselves with and who we allow to speak into our lives.

Look at Luke 6:12-13. What did Jesus do all night prior to choosing his inner circle? He prayed. All night long. Are we that prayerful about our companions?

Lord, help us to surround ourselves with wise, godly individuals who encourage us to be more like you.

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A Proverb a Day (12/31)

For those playing along at home, we are on Proverbs 12. 😊

The thoughts of the righteous are just (vs 5.)

The tongue of the wise brings healing (vs 18.)

Those who act faithfully are his delight (vs 22.)

Our thoughts, actions, and words are all connected. What we think about will manifest itself in the way we use our words. And our thoughts and words will affect the way we behave and interact with others.

I’ve tried to maintain my negative thoughts (grudges, guilt, envy, etc) and still attempt to use positive speech. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it’s work, y’all.

I’ve come to realize that it’s all connected. Our thoughts, words, and actions are all connected. And, when they all line up, we have joy (vs 20) and life (vs 28.)

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A Proverb a Day (11/31)

“What if I am always putting others first and no one is putting me first?”

That is what someone asked me after a recent post. “What about me?” And I totally get it. Truly, I do. And God does too and, so, he has an answer for that. 😉

Today’s proverb outlines what a righteous person can expect in return for all of their right living. Let’s take a look.

Proverbs 11

A man who is kind benefits himself (verse 17.)

One who sows righteousness gets a sure reward (verse 18.)

The offspring of the righteous will be delivered (verse 21.)

The desire of the righteous ends only in good (verse 23.)

Whoever brings a blessing will be enriched (verse 25.)

One who waters will himself be watered (verse 25.)

When we obey the Lord by uplifting others, being kind to others, blessing others, and watering others, we don’t have to worry, “What about me?” Because the Lord Himself sees and rewards appropriately (Ephesians 6:8.)

What if I put others first and no one puts me first? Well, God put me first a long time ago when he put his son on a cross.

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