Archives For Proverbs

Why do we open our mouths? What are we expecting to come out of our mouths?

She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.31.26.NASB

The final verses of Proverbs tell a description of a Godly woman. There are so many examples here to describe how we are to spend our time and focus our work, as well as what our attitude should be. In this specific verse we see that we are to open our mouths in wisdom and to not only be speaking kindness, but be teaching it as well.

This does not describe me as often as I wish it did. Too often I open my mouth in arrogance and the teaching of pride is on my tongue. Or, I open my mouth in self pity and the teaching of greed is on my tongue. God has so much for us, but we must first come to Jesus and allow His attitude to be our attitude. Why do we open our mouths today?

When we open our mouth, what kinds of stuff comes out?

Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Proverbs 31:9 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.31.9.NASB

In Proverbs 31:1-9 we see some pieces of advice from a mother to her son. The verse listed here is the conclusion of those and reminds us that we should judge others rightly and defend those who can’t defend themselves. When we open our mouths to speak, why? Are we focused on defending ourselves or defending others? Do we seek to see others as God sees them and judge them accordingly?

We should take care to open our mouths only in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Are we glorifying Him with what we say today?

Actions have consequences. Everything that we do leads to a result. What results are we creating?

For the churning of milk produces butter, And pressing the nose brings forth blood; So the churning of anger produces strife.
Proverbs 30:33 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.30.33.NASB

If we harbor anger and feed it and nurse it, it will produce strife and discontent in our life. We are to place our trust in God for He is the one who is able to deal with all the issues and concerns that we face. He can sooth the anger that threatens us at times. Will we focus our energies and efforts on things that will bring Him glory, or are we focused on the things that bring us strife.

Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Proverbs 30:5 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.30.5.NASB

We can trust God. We may not feel like we can trust other people, but we can trust that what God says, He will do. As the Bible mentions here in Proverbs chapter 30, we see that God’s Word withstands testing and it is strong enough to be a shield to protect those who place their trust in Him.

Do we trust in what God says? Do we hold fast to Him and take refuge in Him? Let Him be our shield today!

For those of you in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day that we celebrate our gratitude for all the blessings we have received. God’s Word speak frequently about gratitude, which goes hand in hand with humility. Without humility, you will never be truly grateful. As we continue reading in Proverbs 29, see what it says:

A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
Proverbs 29:23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.29.23.NASB

This idea hoes contrary to everything we think we know. Humility leads to honor, not pride. Humility knows that we can’t do everything and that we don’t deserve everything. Humility is truly thankful for all the people and all the help and assistance they have received along the way. As you celebrate Thanksgiving today, are you truly humble and thankful for all that you have been blessed with or is pride robbing you of humility and thankfulness?

Guess what? You’re not perfect.

Shocking, I know. Most of us know that we’re not perfect and freely admit that we have areas that we need to work on, yet when we are corrected by others, we get upset and angry. Why is that? If we know we’re not perfect, why do we get so defensive when others point it out?

A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
Proverbs 29:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.29.1.NASB

The Bible reminds us that pride and arrogance are not the way to respond to these situations. If we have someone in our life who is brave enough to give us feedback to help us get better, we must be careful that we are responding correctly to the feedback. We know that we are not perfect. We nust continue to improve and realize that we need God’s guidance to grow. However, if we won’t accept hearing about the areas we need to improve, we will never see the joy that comes from improving.

Don’t waste time in pride. We know we have faults, so accept when others come to us to help us grow.

Do we give honest feedback? Or, do we tell people what they want to hear? In reading through the rest of Proverbs chapter 28, we see this verse in and among the others.

He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.
Proverbs 28:23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.28.23.NASB

When we get asked our opinion, are we honest and do we tell the truth? Or do we just say what we think the other person wants to hear? Do we try to flatter people just so they will lime us, or promote us? This can be seen often in the business world, but is by no means limited to our professional lives. We can be just as guilty of this with family members or friends as well.

It can be difficult to give honest feedback, especially when we know it is not what they other person wants to hear. Yet, if the person never gets told where there opportunities are, they never have a chance to grow. Now, we must remember what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 and that we are to speak the truth in love. Feedback should be given with the motivation of helping others improve, not to tear them down. Are we willing to give honest feedback, in love, to others to help them grow?

Do we admit when we mess up? It can be so easy to just try to cover it up and move on, yet reading through Proverbs 28:1-14, we see this verse:

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Proverbs 28:13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.28.13.NASB

Are we willing to admit our mistakes? Certainly, God Himself has said He will forgive us, just look at 1 John 1:9. We also must be willing to admit to ourselves when we mess up. Finally, we must be willing to admit to others when we have wronged then. True humility and desire to change and try to make it right must accompany our confession to others. We also must realize that while God promises to forgive us and cleanse us, others do not nake that same promise to us and they may struggle with it. It’s also important to note that the verse indicates that we are to not only confess our sins, but forsake them as well.

Are we willing to own our wrongs and confess them to God, ourselves, and others? Will we turn from them? That is the only way to find compassion.

Who we truly are is reflected to others. Proverbs 27:15-27 gives us several ways we can continue to be wise, bur see what it says in verse 19.

As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.
Proverbs 27:19 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.27.19.NASB

Our heart reflects who we try are. The things we care about and the way we move and work with people is a direct reflection of what is in our heart. Bitterness and anger will show itself in our dealings and responses to people. The same is true for kindness and humility. What do our actions today say about the kind of person we are?

What do you tell others about yourself? Some people seem to spend all their time bragging about everything they have done to others. The Bible recommends humility. Read Proverbs 27:1-14, focusing on verse 2.

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
Proverbs 27:2 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.27.2.NASB

We don’t need to praise ourselves. We shouldn’t spend our energy trying to raise others opinions on what we do or how we do it. Now, on the flip side, we aren’t to go around degrading ourselves. God has created us and we are His. But, we are to be humble and do our very best without calling undue attention to ourselves. Would others define us as humble?