A bus driver and a minister were standing in line to get into heaven. The bus driver approached the gate and St. Peter said,
“Welcome, I understand you were a bus driver. Since I’m in charge of housing, I believe I have found the perfect place for you.
See that mansion over … More
Who is it that hasn’t spoken something thoughtlessly and later found out that his careless words were harmful? Reckless words which may have not been intended to hurt can be very hurtful and piercing like a sword (vv. 17-18). But words of kindness spoken by a wise person can do just the opposite as they heal instead of hurt. Truth is always timely (v. 19). Deceit characterizes the wicked but joy comes to people who work for the peace of others (v. 20). While the righteous experience joy and protection the wicked experience trouble. A fool blurts out his foolishness while a prudent man is not anxious to demonstrate his knowledge (v. 21).
The Lord hates lying because it so directly opposes His standard of truth (v. 22). At the same time truthfulness is commended because it promotes justice.
The righteous person is careful whom he chooses as a friend while the wicked are not concerned about who becomes their friend. A diligent person is one who is in charge of whatever his situation may be while laziness may lead a person into slavery. A lazy person does not value what he owns.
I need to ask the different members of my family how well they respond to insults. Do they wear their feelings on their sleeve so to speak? Perhaps, I could share from my experience how someone has responded in a wrong way and how they should have responded in the light of this passage.
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
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Proverbs 9:1-12The Way of Wisdom
Proverbs 9:13-18The Way of Folly
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