Wisdom Journey Day 17

Recognizing that we are all broken creatures who fall short,

I drop a matter, keep silent, cover over an offense

and show Love at all times

Proverbs 17

1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. 6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool– how much worse lying lips to a ruler! 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent– the LORD detests them both. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice. 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue

 

To Mock (brings to mind a Monty Python movie) means

Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.”

In this era of the 99%, the Have’s and the Have not’s,

being served at retail stores and fast food restaurants by

folks you think should be enjoying a nice retirement we need to know –

But for the Grace of God there go I”.

Assuming we know anyone’s story enough to judge or ‘mock’ them is arrogant and

shows contempt for their Maker.

Recognizing that we are all broken creatures who fall short,

I drop a matter, keep silent, cover over an offense

and show Love at all times

One comment

  1. Shared via Email from Gary:
    thanks for the daily encouragement. I’m really thankful for these words each day. Just one comment on this one. I thought about your comment.

    “being served at retail stores and fast food restaurants by

    folks you think should be enjoying a nice retirement we need to know –

    “But for the Grace of God there go I”.

    Is this to say, serving at retail stores and fast food restaurants at an age when the worlds wisdom has fooled us into believing that we should be enjoying the golden years is some kind of degrading part of life? Only arrogance would entertain such a thought. But for the grace of God there I don’t go my brother. The badge of greatness is worn by those who have learned the reality of wisdom. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 Just a thought my friend. Keep up the work He has you doing. Thanks again, Gary

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