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Proverbs 12

Reading a Proverb and a Psalm each day are what I think to be healthy parts of the Christian life. It is not enough to just zoom through God’s Word each day when it’s in the morning and you’re tired and not quite awake. You must read to understand, and apply to your own life. Every single day. Without fail.

Tough task? I know it very well, but I’ve also seen the excruciating consequences of not reading God’s Word daily and applying it regularly. Sin creeps in. Some may consider it a trite child’s phrase, but it’s absolutely true: This Book will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from this Book.”

Doesn’t it seem really easy to skip Bible reading when we’re not living for the Lord or when we’re busying ourselves with unimportant tasks?

Just a few months ago, I went on a binge where on Netflix I would watch about five episodes of Nip/Tuck a night. Great drama (although raunchy), but I lost out on great Bible reading time. Sigh.

With that, let’s look at Proverbs 12 and how it can be applied:

1) I have learned in my own life that if you love to learn, you will love instruction, and you are absolutely foolish if you hate correction. Yes, much of the correction comes in the form of condescension and humiliating methods, but the key thing is to try to heed the message and ignore that the messenger can be a pill.

2) Men and women gain favor from God while those with evil intentions face condemnation from God. We are never promised an easy ride from God when we are living for Him, but it is infinitely better to be living for Him rather than not.

3) Once a person develops godly habits, they will be as the roots of a very strong tree. Something to think about when it comes to rearing children.

4) A man who has a wonderful wife has something that will be an amazing blessing for him while an ungodly wife “…who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.” It is indeed a heartache when your wife tells you she doesn’t love you anymore and doesn’t want to be married anymore and doesn’t seem as interested in the things of God as she once was. It is all the more reason why couples should spend lots and lots of quality time dating to ensure they are God’s will for each other.

7) Eventually, the ungodly will have their untimely and uneventful end while those who love God will remain.

8 ) A wise man will be respected while a perverse man will be disrespected. A man who is bad in his dealings will be spoken about in contempt while a man who behaves himself wisely will be looked up to.

9) I’d rather just quote this one: “Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, than he who honors himself but lacks bread.”

11) A very common Biblical theme: hard work will pay off while those who do nothing are foolish.

15) A foolish person believes their ways are completely justified while it is wise for a man to heed good counsel.

16) Be careful of your anger and keep it under control. A prudent man “covers shame.”

18) Some speak in a manner like a sword puncturing the body while a wise man speaks in healthy ways.

19) It takes a long time to develop a truthful “lip” while a lying tongue in a brief moment can create irreparable harm.

21) This is very applicable for me during some very tough times I endure: “No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil.”

23) This sounds like it’s best to be modest about yourself and don’t annoy the world by all the things you “know.”

25) I’d rather quote this: “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Anxiety is not trusting God, and it can lead to emotional issues. Been there, done that.

26) Another one I’d rather quote: “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Make sure you choose your friends wisely: godly, wonderful Christian friends. The same rings true for marriage: choose your spouse carefully.

27) This sounds like it’s an encouragement to immediately prepare what you hunted for food before it spoils and is inedible. The same rings true in life: when you have a task, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!

28) “In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”

Richard Zowie is a writer who, though a Christian for 29 years, still has a lot to learn about God, the Bible, the world and life. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.
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