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The Proverbial Journey 14

March 14, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 14

Results.  What kind of results are you seeing in your life from the choices you are making?  The Bible is pretty clear on figuring out where we stand, “You will know them by their fruit”.  You can make pretty wise decisions by stepping back and making some observations.  If a person is consistently late or forgetful, then you can make some decisions about what you can expect from them or what correction they need.

Vs. 1-3

1 The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD,
but he whose ways are devious despises him.

3 A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back,
but the lips of the wise protect them.

I know there are things in our lives that are beyond our control and those are the things we have to pray and trust Jesus with.  But, when you look at the things in your life that you can control, what do you see?  Are things out of order and complicated?  Are things left undone?  Do you keep finding yourself at odds with others or that people get frustrated with you?  You might want to take a look and say, “I need to adjust somethings in my life so I get different results”.

Sometimes when people are angry with us is because we didn’t follow through or we shared information we shouldn’t have.  Maybe our tone should have been different.  If we are angry with God, then we need to examine our expectations and practices in our lives.  If our finances are out of wack, then maybe we’re living beyond our means or not keeping good records.  Our results often reveal what’s going on behind the scenes.  We need to pay attention to our results, pray and seek Jesus, and make the need adjustments.  If we are at a loss as to what to do, then we need to seek advice.

Vs. 8,9

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
but the folly of fools is deception.

9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
but goodwill is found among the upright.

Here is the encouragement to take a look at your results today.  Give thought to your ways and make amends for your sin.  That is where we find freedom from these things that hold us and stress us out.  It is also where we begin to see growth in our walk with Christ.

Make a list today and pray about it.  Seek advice if needed and make some planned steps to deal the roots of your results.

Any comments?  It’s hard stuff, but the Spirit will empower us as we seek to grow!

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2 Comments
  1. The Annoyed Elephant permalink

    Making amends is indeed critical…. when it’s possible. Sometimes it’s not. Part of the problem with living on a planet full of pitiful, sinful critters like us is that we’re on a planet full of pitiful, sinful critters – and sometimes, they aren’t forgiving.

    Fortunately, there’s more going on here than we realize. There’s a spiritual reality that we’re often forgetful of when we’re in the midst of our hurt, anger, sorrow, bargaining, etc. – and that reality is that making those amends is, when not possible on the physical level, at least fully effective on the spiritual level. It’s a two-way relationship… and when it’s not, we need to at least make the effort on our end. Let God take care of the rest.

    Or – to put it another way, forgiveness isn’t a four letter word that we make others do while we wallow in hurt.

  2. Very well put! Forgiveness sometimes involves a physical action (i.e. speaking to the offended/ing party), but forgiveness in itself is a spiritual act. Biblically it is to “release from debt”. We make the decision through God’s grace to let go so that we can be set free from the the attachment that un-forgiveness creates.

    Thanks again for the great point!

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