In a certain pond, there were two ducks and a frog who were neighbors and the best of friends. They played together all day
long during the summer time. But as the cold drew near and the water dried up, the ducks realized they would have to move.
This would be easy for them, but … More
A person may be rich and have all kinds of material things but have nothing spiritually. Another person may be poor materially speaking but rich spiritually (v. 7). It is sad to see but those who posses riches often put their trust in their possessions. The rich man may need to use his money to buy himself out of trouble but the poor man is not threatened with someone taking his things (v. 8).
A MAN IS RICH ACCORDING TO WHAT HE IS AND NOT BY WHAT HE HAS.
It is an old saying that “it takes two to make a quarrel.” Just mark it down .. whenever you are at odds with someone else . . . pride is heavily involved. Pride causes us to be contentious with those who contradict us in opinion or personal desire (v. 10). It is easy to develop over the years an over-evaluation of our abilities and even grace. Pride loves to be paraded and will go to great ends to get the applause of men. When contention enters, what used to be a beautiful friendship is now a fallout. An example of this is the strife that came between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot. We need to learn the lesson of how Abraham dealt with this problem of offering first choice to the man who really had no title whatsoever to the land which God had given to Abraham.
It is sad to see how pride causes contention in families and churches. You need to humbly ask God to reveal the hidden serpent of pride in each member of your family and ask Him to protect you from outbursts of temper, unloving judgments, impatience and a stubborn self-will. Memorize together (Rom. 12:18) and apply it today!!
Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
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Proverbs 10:1-10How to Redeem The Time
Proverbs 10:11-16Contrasts in Life
Proverbs 10:17-24Discipline Brings Quality to Life
Proverbs 10:25-32The Contrast of Righteousness And Wickedness
Proverbs 11:1-5The Lord Hates Dishonesty And Pride
Proverbs 11:6-11A Hyprocrite is Ready to Falsely Accuse
Proverbs 11:12-15A Discussion of Community Relationships
Proverbs 11:16-21Wealth is Very Inferior to Honor
Proverbs 11:22-25All we Really Have is What we Give
Proverbs 11:26-31Only The Righteous Have a Secure Future
Proverbs 12:1-5Right Thoughts Result in Right Actions
Proverbs 12:6-10Our Chief Aim Should Be to Build Others up
Proverbs 12:11-16Wicked Words Are The Product of An Evil Heart
Proverbs 12:17-22Careless Words Are Harmful
Proverbs 12:20-28A Contrast Between Diligence And Laziness
Proverbs 13:1-5Our Speech Should be Uplifting
Proverbs 13:6-13Pride Causes Us to Be Contentious
Proverbs 13:11-15Following Instruction Will Spare You Sorrow
Proverbs 13:14-20Friends Will Take You Up or Down
Proverbs 13:21-25When Genuine Love is Questionable
Proverbs 14:1-5No Work Means No Harvest
Proverbs 14:6-12Fools Think Their Ways Are Right
Proverbs 14:13-17Failing to Live by The Truth of God’s Word
Proverbs 14:18-23It’s Important to Listen to Instruction
Proverbs 14:24-29A Bad Temper is a Sign of Weakness
Proverbs 14:30-35Emotions Effect Our Physical Conditon
Proverbs 15:1-5Choose Gentle Words
Proverbs 15:6-11Refusal to Take Correction Brings Discipline
Proverbs 15:12-15We Feed What Our Heart Craves
Proverbs 15:16-22Love is More Important Than Riches
Proverbs 15:23-27Wise Leaders Always Seek Advice
Proverbs 15:28-33The Righteous Weighs His Words Carefully
Proverbs 16:1-4God’s Sovereignty in Shaping the World
Proverbs 16:5-11Making Enemies to Be at Peace
Proverbs 16:12-17Better to Have Wisdom Than Gold
Proverbs 16:18-22Pride Goes Before Destruction
Proverbs 16:23-26The Way That Seems Right to Man
Proverbs 16:27-33A Whisperer Separates Friends