Reading the Book of Proverbs and searching the Word of God for practical principles to apply to situations in my present life, I found these verses and observations of truths in Proverbs 10 that spoke to me, giving spiritual food to appropriate, digest and apply to my life circumstances and what’s going on in my life right now.
VERSE 8 says that those of foolish of lips shall fall headlong. That means to me that if I jest too much, play the clown too often, at inappropriate times, or blabber on and on unnecessarily, that I will eventually “take a dive”!!
VERSE 10 reiterates the thought about foolish of lips “taking a dive” but gives an instruction that says, BUT he/she who reproves, corrects, admonishes boldly those who are taken in a fault will result in making peace. Wow! What an incentive to speak correctness and righteousness. You’re a peace maker!!
VERSE 12 tells us that which we have read and been taught by the Gospel and Epistles of John …..Love covers all transgressions. Because John in 1Jn 5:16 says,
“If any man or woman see his brother or sister sin a sin which is not unto death, that person shall ask on his brother’s behalf, and He shall give him life for them that sin .”What a merciful God we have that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And we can pray for our brethren in Christ for them to be restored. WOW! I thought about the Scripture that says that if we say we are not sinning we lie and the truth is not in us. “ But we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One Who will forgive us and give us life.”
VERSE 12 is so very encouraging and inspiring. It says that if I will heed instruction and correction, not only I, but those who are with me and around me, will come into the Way of Life. What a wonderful promise that the way I conduct myself correctly can help bring souls into the Kingdom of God. But there is a caveat with that. If I go astray and get off course of the straight path then I err and I cause those who are with me and around me to err . What a responsibility I have to order my “conversation aright”.
VERSE 24 says that what I fear will come upon me but if I have the reverential and awesome FEAR AND RESPECT OF THE LORD and LIVE righteously, then my desires shall be granted. Thank You God that You grant the desires of our hearts when we are obedient and willing.
VERSE 32 says that when I have wisdom and act in righteousness, then my lips know and speak what is acceptable; but if I am unwise and foolish I will speak what is obstinate and contrary. I believe that means that I speak contrary to every good common sense and spiritual principle and deny the power of the Word of God and give power to evil thoughts, imaginings, and gossip.
PROVERBS 10 is a gold mine of wisdom for those of us training our lips to speak truth, graciousness and wisdom. Thank You Lord for