Posted by: Larry Hoekman | March 6, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 12:15-21

Day 2301: Sunday blessings!!!

Scripture:  The way of a fool seems right is his own eyes, but to be wise, I need to listen to advice.  A fool shows his annoyance at once, but I am wise to stay calm when insulted.  When I speak the truth, I make an honest witness, but a false witness tells lies.  Some people’s words cut like the thrusts of a sword, but my wise words bring healing.  Truth stands the test of time, but if I were to lie, it would soon be exposed. Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but joy is mine when I am a counselor of peace.  No evil will happen to the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. Proverbs 12:15-21

Thoughts/questions:  Today’s themes:  listening/speaking.  In the devotions on James we were reminded that God gave us 2 ears and only 1 mouth, so do the math on how much to listen/speak!  Listening says so much about how much we care about the other person and what they have to say.  What does your listening style say about you?

Ephesians 4:15 summarizes how we should talk – ‘speak the truth in love!’  Words of truth alone may not be wise words that bring healing or peace.  Love overrides truth, but doesn’t give us the freedom to lie or mislead.  Charles Swindoll tells of trying to do this when meeting a very unattractive baby.  So, without lying or hurting the mother, his enthusiastic response was, “Now that’s a baby!”  That is my catch phrase reminding me to always ‘speak the truth in love.’

Suggested prayer:  Lord, help me to listen to others and You, and to always speak the truth in love . . .

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