Leave the bragging to your fans
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
— Proverbs 27:2
Not only is an arrogant man resented by the majority of his viewers, but a compliment that comes from someone other than yourself is more credible. Do not brag; let your actions speak for themselves.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
We’ve all seen this in action! Two people complement each other to that they become far more than they could ever be by themselves. No two people are exactly alike, which means that no two friends will have the same way of relating to us. Some we can trust to help us with certain tasks that our friends will not assist us in completing. Proverbs 27:17 have such a friend in mine.
The passage likens the interaction between two faithful friends who are seeking the improvement of one another to the sharpening of an iron stone or other iron tool against an iron sharpener. Just as a man might sharpen the face of his sword against a sharpening iron in order to make it more suitable for combat, so does a faithful friend equip his friend for success by constructive criticism.
Don’t give in to fear
“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
— Proverbs 28:1
So often we run away when nothing is chasing us. Be as bold as a lion, and stand up to your fears.
In most scenarios, you will find that there was nothing to be scared of in the first place.
People will support your integrity
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
— Proverbs 29:2
What good is it to reach the top of the ladder if everyone is booing? This is why it’s important to implement the previous lessons of character.
Don’t boast, be honest, stay humble, speak softly, etc. You’ll have everyone’s support in your climb to success.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
We’ve all been in that terrible place where nobody knows what they’re doing. All you can think about is getting out of there – because nothing is going to be accomplished. It is possible that in a quick reading of one translation of the Bible could lead to confusion as to this verse’s meaning but if you pay attention to the sense of the text and the meaning of the specific words used, the meaning of the verse is obvious. While many people this verse is about the importance of vision and leadership, this verse says nothing of the importance of having a church that is led by vision or a visionary.
Ironically, this verse should underscore the importance of honoring God’s revelation and warn those who would water it down by intentional or unintentional misuse.
Respect your parents
“The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.” — Proverbs 30:17
The Bible is big on obedience and respect when it comes to your parents. Honor them with your words and your actions.
Use discernment in choosing your partner
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”
— Proverbs 31:10
It is repeated several times throughout the book of Proverbs that it is better to remain alone than to live with a quarrelsome wife.
These are just little tidbits from the book of Proverbs.
I would encourage you to read all of it for yourself, not once, but over and over again. Embed the words of Solomon into your heart and live them out through your life.
A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman–who is he who can find her?
She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.
Without a doubt, God gives women strength. As with everything God gives us, we then become the stewards of that gift. We also become responsible to use it right and accountable for how we us it. A strong-willed woman isn’t afraid to meet the world head-on. She’s undeterred by those who say something can’t be done.
Her God-given passion produces clear-eyed purpose, deep compassion and a bold spirit that has the power to change the world.
Ultimately, our goal is to approach Scripture reverently and prayerfully, and when we find something we do not understand, we pray harder, study more and if the answer still eludes us, humbly acknowledge our own limitations in the face of the perfect Word of God. The Book of Proverbs will help you channel this wisdom.
✍️🦋Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🦋✍️