Saturday, March 12, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom: Proverbs 12

Please visit the link below if you would like to read through Proverbs 12 before continuing.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2012&version=NIV

Disclaimer: This is a personal journey of discovery for me. I am not claiming any special wisdom or exposition of my own, only sharing how 31 days of wisdom affect me and stir my spirit. I highly suggest, no matter who is speaking or sharing, that you check their words against the words of Scripture.

Proverbs 12

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” Such a harsh statement, but it’s true. It’s the foolish who refuse to listen to the voice of wisdom. Even though discipline is tough to take, it’s for our best. Ouch. (v1)

“Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but He condemns those who devise wicked schemes. No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted”. The first part is believable; the Lord favors the righteous but condemns the wicked. But, sometimes it doesn’t feel true that no one can be established through wickedness. It is true, and often , if you peel back the layers, you can see the truth. But, it’s hard to believe through human eyes sometimes. (v2-3)

We reflect upon our spouses. What we say and do says something about them. A wife can be a blessing or death to her husband. (v4)

Don’t listen to the counsel of the wicked, it is deceitful; but you can trust the righteous. (v5).

Even the words of the wicked are out for blood, but the words of the righteous are life and rescue. (v6)

The wicked do not succeed, no matter what it looks like; but the righteous are deeply planted and strong. (v7)

“A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.” (v8)

Pretension costs more than it’s worth. (v9)

Even when the wicked think they are being kind, they are being cruel. The righteous have compassion for all living things. (v10)

The wise work hard and have enough but the foolish chase after the wind. (v11)

The wicked dig in with others like them and are trapped by their sinful talk. But the innocent escape and their roots go deep. (v12 – 13)

If we speak truth and goodness and work hard, we will reap good things. (v14)

A fool doesn’t think he needs advice but the wise know better. (v15)

“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult” (v16)

Honest people tell the truth and liars lie. Such a simple truth. So true. (v17)

Words have the power to pierce or heal. What will you choose? (v18)

“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment”. (v19)

Thos who plot evil are deceitful to their core, but those who are peaceful are joyful. (v20)

The righteous are safe, but the wicked are always dealing with trouble. (v21)

“The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.” (v22-23)

If you are a hard worker and diligent, you will rule over those who are lazy. (v24)

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” (v25)

Choose your friends carefully, as your friends go, so you go. (v26)

The lazy go hungry while the diligent have their fill. (v27)

Righteousness leads to life and immortality. (v28)

Father of Wisdom,
May these words soak into my very being. May I learn to watch my tongue. May I learn to truly love correction and discipline as it leads to life. May I be a blessing to those who know and love me because I am obedient to Your word and wisdom. Amen.

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