Proverbs 15 – May 30
First, a prayer in honor of Memorial Day. Lord, You know sacrifice well, and I thank You for Your great sacrifice of Your son Jesus for us. I also thank You for those who have sacrificed their lives that we may have freedom in our country, that we may freely write about You on this website. For those who have been left here suffering after the sacrifice of a loved one, I pray for Your comforting arms to wrap around them and carry them through the hurting. And I pray for the families I know who have faced this hardship. Lord, today may we remember and honor the sacrifices made. I pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
The Discover One Thing Online Study is doing a proverb a day for 31 days, seeking knowledge and discretion (Proverbs 1:4) and learning and guidance (Proverbs 1:5) from God. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Proverbs 15 – Proverbs of Solomon
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools are not upright.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—
how much more do human hearts!
12 Mockers resent correction,
so they avoid the wise.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but gracious words are pure in his sight.
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
but the one who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
will be at home among the wise.
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
and humility comes before honor.
Gentle Words | Becky Newman
As one lets God transform her — sanctification — the Holy Spirit gets to work replacing sinful nature with fruits of the Spirit like this one — gentleness. My Bible notes that a kind response also requires others fruits: self-control, patience, love, and peace. Why do so many Proverbs address what we speak? I think it’s because communication is how we witness to others about God. If our communication doesn’t reflect Him, how will others know or come to know Him?
Sitting here peacefully with You, I know my words need to leak gentleness, just like how You speak to me. Yet, in the heat of the moment, I’m just not there yet. Knowing this can be a way that others see You, I need to get there.
God, continue to grow gentleness, self-control, patience, love, and peace within me so that my immediate response always is of You, that others may see You in me and desire a relationship with You. May the words my mouth be pleasing to You.
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