Proverbs 26:12 "There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise."
The first 11 verses of this chapter talks about a fool. I think there can be a tendency to skip over verses that we don't think apply to us, like these verses about a fool. But verse 12 should make us pause and think. It reminds me of another verse. "If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall." 1 Corinthians 10:12
Provers 26:20 "Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops."If we want the bickering and fighting to end, we need to just stop talking. Quit trying to plead your case or convince others that you are right. Just stop talking.
Proverbs 27:9 "The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense."
27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."These two verse go together. Proverbs 29:5 warns us "to flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet." Instead of just saying what we think our friends want to hear, we are to think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24.
Proverbs 28:9 "God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law."This may seem pretty obvious - I can't go along doing whatever I want, then expect God to hear my prayers. God detests (NLT) the prayers of the proud and arrogant. Dear Lord, please keep me humble before you.
Proverbs 28:27 "Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed."
The key to have our needs met is to be generous in our giving. Our hope, our security is not in our money, it is in the Lord. We can give freely, confident that my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Proverbs 29:20 "There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking."I know I have been guilty of speaking before I think. Instead of just saying whatever comes to mind, I want to let my conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that I may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
Proverbs 29:25 "Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety."It's so hard not to get caught up in what other people think of you. But hearing God say, "Well done," should be our main concern. Never let someone's criticisms go to your heart or their praise go to your head.
What have you learned from the book of Proverbs?