A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
Day 12 of Proverbs
June 28, 2013
Another Proverbs chapter of comparisons!
Today’s proverb compares the good, righteous, wise, truthful, encouraging, peaceful, prudent, diligent man with the man who is wicked, foolish, deceitful, destructive, troublemaking, careless, and lazy. Proverbs never minces words, but shoots straight to the heart! 😉
I’ve just picked a few verses out to share that speak to me today. You will have to read it for yourself to see what speaks to your heart 🙂 I think it’s really interesting how God uses the written word to speak into our hearts about things that are current to our situation, our need or our education for living the life He would want us to live. That’s why we need to read it for ourselves, though we can often glean understanding and encouragement from what others are learning…..
Are you ready? Here goes!
“A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall never be moved.” (Proverbs 12:3 AMP)
This tells me that my life will be built on a very solid foundation if I remain true to God and his word. He alone is righteousness. He alone is a sure foundation. He never changes. His truths never fail. They are eternal and reliable and they will PREVAIL!
“From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].” (Proverbs 12:14 AMP)
Our words and our work are not just passing or meaningless. They are not insignificant! These things have a lasting impact. Once spoken, or performed, they bear fruit, good or evil.
I remember how my husband liked to sing the song “I’m workin’ on a buildin’ “. He considered whatever he was doing as something done for the Lord, whether it was fishing, carpentry, preaching or stopping to talk to someone and make their day 🙂 In all of this, he was extremely satisfied. 🙂
“He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit.
There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.
Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.” (Proverbs 12:17-20 AMP)
What is in our hearts comes out of our mouths and can bring hurt or healing, sorrow or joy, strife or peace. I need to consider what is coming out of my mouth and how it affects me and others around me. Learning God’s ways through reading His word and praying are beneficial to my thoughts and this in turn influences output.
In a Depression Recovery course, one of the tasks was to pay attention to and record incidences of positive and negative speech. It was an interesting project and many in our group reported benefits from doing this exercise. Change came to the individual and to others around them.
One thing I noted during that time was that I was calling myself names whenever I did something I thought was foolish…..names like “stupid” or “idiot”. That wasn’t helping me in my depression. I wouldn’t say those things to a child, so why was I speaking them to myself, to a child of God? I had to stop and think what I was doing to myself, wounding myself, hurting myself, being extra hard on myself, when I was simply overtired or over anxious, and needed to have some compassion on myself!
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. “(Proverbs 12:25 AMP)
I know about this. I was weighed down by anxiety for far too long! I needed those encouraging words, from my bible, from others, and even from myself!
I could generally see where someone else might need encouragement, and was ready to give it, but was blind to my own needs. I had to discover that self care was as important and needful as caring for others. I’m so thankful to those who helped me to see this, who encouraged me to take some time out and become mentally healthy again……(especially Kristy Miller…..thanks from the bottom of my heart, Kristy!)
“Life is in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), and in its pathway there is no death but immortality (perpetual, eternal life).” (Proverbs 12:28 AMP)
I love this verse! I choose LIFE!
How about you?
Life with God…….it’s such an exciting journey! I hope you begin TODAY!
❤ ❤ ❤