August 18, 2009

Proverbs 18

2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions.

I admit that I need to spend less energy on spouting my opinions and more energy trying to understand where others are coming from.

6 A fool's lips bring him strife,
and his mouth invites a beating.

7 A fool's mouth is his undoing,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Sometimes I just ask for it-figuratively and literally.

9 One who is slack in his work
is brother to one who destroys.

I tend to be lazy, and God has been growing me in this area for many years.

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.

Click here to hear this song (for free) and read the lyrics. It's not just enough to know the Lord is a strong tower. We must also realize we have to RUN to Him. It is not righteous to believe we can do it on our own. Our righteousness comes from the safety of him.

13 He who answers before listening—
that is his folly and his shame.

How many countless times have I cut someone off who was talking!!!! Oh, it is shameful.

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the LORD.

What truth! :)

3 comments:

Dan said...

Vs 14: I have seen broken men before...it's sad. Nothing can bring them around it seems. I think this goes along with the foolish use of lips. I truly have the power to destroy. I must be careful!

Vs 22: I have received favor from the Lord!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

How cute is Dan about vs. 22?! :)

Candice said...

vs 19- An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

How true this is! When I am offended I push in my heels and refuse to budge. It is a prison! I put my walls up and keep the other at a distance. I need to be very cautious to not offend others. This puts up a terrible wall that is very difficult to scale once it is up.

vs 24- A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

It doesn't matter how many friends you have it is the quality of those friends.

And Dan! You sly dog! Good answer!