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I'm almost through the Proverbs, just 2 more to go. I'm thinking I'd like to read through Ephesians next or maybe the book of John. It's time for me to get back to the New Testament. But there's a lot to learn in Proverbs. Here's some more bits of wisdom...
7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
Basically, one of the things I've learned from Jesus is compassion. I didn't have it before. He has a way of allowing me to understand what other people feel. Not just my agenda, in fact I can sense when my prayers are selfish. Hate when that happens!
11 A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.
It used to be that people were told not to hold their feelings in; let them out. But in reality, it's best to ask the Holy Spirit for words. At least for me. I know how hurtful venting can be for others. One time I was actually approached and told, "I would feel better if you did things my way." Hmmm... it's good to consider other people's feelings, show compassion and be kind. But, allowing myself to become manipulated isn't right either. Focussing on my feelings, instead of the other person, can create all sorts of issues. The Lord knows we all get carried away at times though : ) Sometimes a good friend who listens is wonderful medicine.
19 A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.
It's hard to change unless I actually experience failure sometimes. Always do things the hard way. But it is wonderful to do things right and then have that "Ah ha!" moment where it all makes sense. Sometimes the greatest gift I can give my husband is allowing him to make a mistake, after I told him my thoughts.
21 He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.
I wish management today would understand this principle. The better you treat others, the easier it is for them to work. When the manager becomes more work than the job, it's hard to stay around for long.
23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
Pride is a tough one. It can create conflicts between people faster than anything. I know of a family that was constantly at odds with each other because no one was wrong, and no one apologized. I've found apologizing even when I'm not wrong helps smooth things out.
25 The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
I actually memorized this verse. It's no good being afraid of people, it just makes things more difficult. Trusting in God brings joy, and the strength I need to move on in situations.
**Side note: A few days ago my brother was put in Intensive Care. He has liver cancer which miraculously disappeared last year, but came back recently. Here's my prayer for him, feel free to join me if you like.
Dear Heavenly Father I lift up my brother to You. I pray You will send the angels to supervise my brother's care. Please give the doctors wisdom as to what to do. Let his wife know You are present, give her rest and peace. You are the Great Physician and our Creator, You know more about our bodies than anyone on earth. Please heal his body and provide a transplant. Your timing is perfect; Your love never fails. I will trust in You though I don't understand.
In Jesus Name, Amen.