Posted by: Larry Hoekman | April 4, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 17:6-10

Day 2329:  Blessings to you this Spring Monday!

Scripture:  Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.  Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool, much less are lying lips to a prince.  A bribe is like a charm to the one who uses it; wherever he turns, he prospers.  When I cover over an offense, I demonstrate love, but if I repeat the matter, I separate close friends. A rebuke impacts me more when I have understanding, than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.   Proverbs 17:6-10

Thoughts/questions:  Grandkids can be a crowning point in one’s life.  Sadly however, today there are so many grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  If you know any who have taken on this responsibility, ask them what you could do to help, as it is not an easy task. A quick idea – babysit their grandkids and give them a night off – they need some time off!!!

I Corinthians 13, the love chapter, uses the phrase ‘love doesn’t take into account a wrong suffered’ as part of its description of love.  Proverbs uses ‘cover over an offense.’   Christ followers are to be known for their ‘love’, so we need to take these words to heart.  This goes back to speaking the truth in love – when we can’t do that, we are to be silent.  If we are not silent but we repeat the matter, it would be gossip.  Our silence can cover over an offense, which shows love to the offender.  Speak love with silence!

Suggested prayer:  Father, help me to never repeat offenses as gossip, and to take all words of rebuke to You for Your guidance . . .


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