Christian Devotional – January 17, 2014

Read Proverbs chapter 17


Proverbs 17:9–Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.


When someone wrongs us and offends us, how do we respond? According to this verse, we should try to foster love. If we deal with that offense just between ourselves and the other person, we can foster love. However, if we start repeating everything that happened to others, then we will separate close friends. We should take care of the issues and concerns as quietly as we can and not seek to broadcast another’s wrongs to other people.


Father, when we find out something that another person has done wrong, the temptation is to share that information with other people. Forgive me when I have given in to that temptation instead of seeking to foster love. Help me to foster love in my relationships instead of seeking to tear down people.

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