“The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech, but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.”
Evil is full of lies, obfuscation, half-truths, and self-interest. The righteous person is honest, true, transparent, unselfish. Righteousness pays!
For all the talk of how evil has the advantage, it’s really not true. In the end, evil suffers from its own undoing. God is in control and rewards the righteous!
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“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you possess a large appetite.”
In some situations, extreme self-control is necessary, especially in those areas where we are weakest. If not, others will take advantage of us.
The first step to such self-control is to “consider carefully.” We must evaluate situations objectively, not emotionally. Otherwise, our passions will be our downfall.
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“A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.”
As a creature made by God who created all good things, the righteous show their goodness in treating well even the animals under their care.
Animals are not equal to humans, but they do deserve proper care. A sign of wickedness is lack of compassion for those under one’s responsibility.
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“The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.”
The righteous light, literally, rejoices. It is characterized by durable joy and produces the same. The wicked’s deceitful light cannot be sustained.
Righteousness permeates both the life of the righteous and his surroundings. Its power transforms. Purity, grace, virtue, and truth bless and redeem.
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“Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established.”
One must weigh one’s options, consider the right course, engage in practical planning, in order for one’s ways to be sure. Proper thought is needed. Lack of it is disastrous.
Evaluation and planning call for input. Scripture and the church best provide it. The world wants us to listen to it. We must counter its influence.
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“The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.”
The Lord prizes helping the poor. Indifference brings judgment. Kindness brings God’s reward.
Do I ignore the poor? Is that but a step removed from mistreatment? Why should the poor appear on my radar?
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“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; and they have gone down into the person’s innermost being.”
Words matter. What we choose to listen to, and revel in, affects who we are. They become a part of us, for good or ill. As always, evil has its initial appeal.
Never speak ill of anyone. We know that’s right, even if it’s practiced more in the breach. But never listen to anyone speak ill of another. That takes it to a whole new level!
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The one who reproves another will in the end find more favor than the one who flatters with the tongue, Prov 28.23.
So how does one go about this in order to have a positive result, and not just dump criticism on the other?
I saw this article today and it reminded me of the verse above that I had read yesterday.
What suggestions would you give on how to reprove another?
#reproof #correction #Proverbs
“A noble wife is the crown of her husband, but the wife who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones.”
Nobility is strong character for righteousness. Such a wife honors her husband. The shameless wife “is like a disease which gradually wears down and weakens the bodily frame” (J.E. Smith, Wisdom Literature & Psalms).
Marry well by choosing a person of good character. Be a person of nobility by developing in your life the right living which pleases God.
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“A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.”
Riches cannot make up for lack of integrity. The root idea of integrity is completeness, what is “entirely in accord with truth and fact” (TWOT/BDB).
Some things are more important than money. Will we allow the pursuit of money (think time on the job) keep us from being wholly devoted to God?
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“All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.”
So speaks the voice of wisdom in its appeal to all mankind. Who learns God’s wisdom can also speak righteous words. But the price to pay is an intense and unceasing search.
Where will we find wisdom? Not on Facebook, nor in a Google search, but in the Word of God. It deserves our constant perusal and meditation.
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“All the days of the afflicted are bad,
but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
The afflicted are those whose hearts are heavy because they let circumstances weigh them down. The cheerful heart is one who decides, in every case, to be joyful.
Our attitude affects our enjoyment of life. The decision to develop a positive disposition makes all the difference.
#votd #joy #Proverbs
“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”
“An intelligent man knows that sin cannot be justified and hence knows better than to try. Fools may know enough to recognize sin but are so lacking in good sense they resort to mocking as an ‘alibi’ for their evil deeds. A man who is righteous will gain the favor of God; if he makes a mistake he will make amends to God” (E.M. Zerr).
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“The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.”
What the Lord does in the life of his saints is similiar to the refining fire, to separate impurities in the heart from what is precious to him. The verse urges cooperation with this process.
How is the Lord testing my heart? What moments and situations is he using to purify my heart? How can I best cooperate with his testing?
#votd #Proverbs #trials
“We are ruined by our own stupidity, though we blame the Lord.”
Proverbs 19.3 CEV
Since Adam, man has blamed God for his problems. A key to wisdom is accepting responsibility for one’s decisions. Then when one errs, one is ready to repent.
Have you blamed God for self-caused suffering? Might many troubles be caused by our actions? We should ask, Where have I made mistakes which have caused me grief, and how might I correct them?
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