Thursday, December 16, 2010

Proverbs 27


Berry Girl said...

as usual, so much good stuff to think on in here.

v6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend..." So true. When our friends correct us, it wounds us, but in a good way.

v15-16 have always been a favourite :) But to be honest, I knew a woman like this - I really loved her, but no one could correct her, least of all her husband, and she was so abrasive in her "rightness" that it was painful to watch.

And another favourite: v17 "Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another."

Prairie Chick said...

Amazing chapter.

"It is better to correct someone openly than to have love and not show it." v5

"The slap of a friend can be trusted to help you but the kisses of an enemy are nothing but lies." v6

Love that doesn't correct or honestly express concern for another's well being is love not fully expressed.

"Don't forget your friend or your parent's friend. Don't always go to your family for help when trouble comes. A neighbor close by is better than a family far away." v10

I love this verse. It has been so true in our own lives, we have been lucky to be "adopted" by so many people as family when immediate family has been lacking in our lives. It is the greatest blessing. I hope to provide that blessing to others.

"As water reflects your face, so your mind shows what kind of person you are." v19

So true. All I have to do is examine my thoughts, what they are focused on, what my "feelings" are regarding those thoughts and I can immediately see my state of spiritual maturity (or lack thereof).

Joan said...

I too liked v17 "Iron sharpens iron". LABible says this requires people who focus on the idea without involving their egos in the discussion; people who know how to attack the thought and not the thinker. How important to remember.

Shailey said...

"Don't brag about tomorrow,since you don't know what the day will bring."vs 1

What if one day you bragged about tomorrow and then when tomorrow came something terrible happened,wouldn't you be ashamed of what you said?

Prairie Chick said...

that's interesting, Joan, I naturally am that kind of thinker and find it SO hard to communicate with others who can't separate the TOPIC from emotions. I have had to learn to be VERY careful about how I communicate on account of this. I can end up offending someone on a personal level when it is the farthest thing from where my head is at. What you wrote makes me think that it is not "wrong" of me to be that way, but that doesn't make it right to not be sensitive to other's sensitivities either, if that makes sense.

If I can learn to communicate carefully in ways that analyze without alienating, then I will have gained maturity in this area. I appreciate the thoughts on this today.

Elisa said...

Let another person praise you,and not your own mouth.Let someone else praise you,and not your own lips.

Do not tell other people how great you are,don't say "I'm good at this" or "I'm good at this." Instead, tell others how great and powerful Jesus is.

Chris said...

vs 7 - He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

This stood out at me. When full of truth, we don't want anything else... but when you have no one to build in to you at all, you might grasp at anything to feel content.

I smile at vs. 14... kinda hits home some days.

v23 points to our need to be financially responsible with what God has given us