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Proverbs 12:1-5
Right thoughts result in right actions

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Proverbs 15:6-10
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Proverbs 15:11-15
We feed what our heart craves

Proverbs 15:16-21
Love is more important than riches

Proverbs 15:22-27
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Proverbs 15:28-33
The righteous weighs his words carefully

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Making Enemies to Be at Peace

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Proverbs 16:18-21
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The righteous weighs his words carefully

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Herbert Washington, whom co-workers at Significant Plastics Inc. say was unduly concerned with the rapture and the second coming of Christ, suffered a serious heart attack when those he worked with pretended they’d been caught away without him. They laid work outfits on their cha … More

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The righteous man weighs his words carefully rather than blurting out the first thing that comes to his mind while the wicked has no such consideration (v. 28). The wicked speaks whatever comes to his lips and doesn’t worry about what harm it may bring. In fact some people pride themselves on being frank and outspoken when it would be much better if they would be more careful in what they say and thus save offenses and sorrow. Because the Lord hates the wicked He distances Himself from them and refuses to hear them  (v. 29). However, He will hear the righteous for He has pledged Himself to hear their prayers (John 15:7).  What a privilege and promise this is for those of us who know and love Him.

A cheerful look or a few words of encouragement not only brings joy to the heart but also contributes to physical well being (v. 30). It is only those who hear reproof who get understanding (v.31). To ignore reproof only shows that the person actually hates himself (v. 32). The fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of knowledge but it also brings wisdom. It is a part of wisdom for us to acknowledge our mistakes and faults and thus “before honor is humility” (v. 33).

Application

It is easy for me to speak before I think and in the process hurt others? I must remember that the righteous man weighs his words carefully rather than blurting out the first thing that comes to mind.

Proverbs 15:28-33 (English Standard Version)

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

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