Wisdom From Proverbs: Chapter 17

There is so much going on in our world today. A persons true protection doesn’t come from washing your hands for x amount of seconds or maintaining personal space. Perhaps those things help if you haven’t met Jesus, but your true safety comes through the blood of Jesus. It cleanses, protects, sets free. It does it all. I was talking to a friend about the things I was seeing on Facebook from people I knew and how it not only disappointed me, but just grieved my heart. I am seeing excuses for hoarding and understanding for measures I’m not even going to address and then I read verse 3 of this evening chapter, “The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.” Boy are ours being tried right now and if my spirit is grieved, I can’t even imagine that of our Father’s. But then I’m also seeing goodness of people helping the elderly, the Bible speaks of taking care of them you know. Restaurants stepping up to feed children who would normally eat in schools that have been canceled. Those things make my heart smile. Poppa, be patient with me, Holy Spirit give me wisdom as I’m tried that I grow and respond according to my Father’s will. That His heart becomes my heart and that I don’t grieve You during the growing process and if I ever do that I respond immediately to Your correction. In the name of Jesus. I see a lot of good, but I see so much bad. We’ve got to do better as a people. No excuses as to why we need to hoard or why we need to act badly. Just trust God and do better. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. 3 The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 6 Children’s children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers. 7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 8 A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends. 10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 11 An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD. 16 Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]? 17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. 20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. 21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. 22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. 23 A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24 Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. 26 Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity. 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.” Proverbs 17:1-28

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