Considering Proverbs 4:20-23

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issuesContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:20-23”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 4: Final Thoughts

In this article I want to address some of the ideas mentioned in Part 1 of this series that I forgot to elaborate on. Should Christians feel shame? Is the feeling of shame a form of chastisement from God? A Christian might experience some form of shame before turning to Jesus, but once we haveContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 4: Final Thoughts”

Considering Proverbs 4:14-19

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the breadContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:14-19”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 3: Should Christians Expect Suffering?

Suffering is not easy to think about, so it is understandable that many would shy away from the topic. Even so, we all suffer. This life is full of difficulties. Rather than denying the reality of Christian suffering, we should consider suffering as an expected part of Christian life. In so doing, we can findContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 3: Should Christians Expect Suffering?”

Considering Proverbs 4:10-13

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened (distressed); and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13 Take fast hold ofContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:10-13”

Considering Proverbs 4:5-9

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bringContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:5-9”

Considering Proverbs 4:1-4

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keepContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:1-4”

Considering Proverbs 3:33-35

33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. What is the curse of the Lord? When our habitation is ruledContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:33-35”

Self-Image Reformation Part 1: Introduction

It is amazing how easy it is for a person to create a false image of themselves and believe in that image. What goes into this image? From our early childhood onward, we develop an idea of who we are and who we should be. Our parents and other family members influence who we thinkContinue reading “Self-Image Reformation Part 1: Introduction”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?

Should Christians expect chastisement from God? This can be a confusing topic. As Christians, we are counted as righteous before God through the blood of Jesus. Our sins are paid in full and we are forgiven. There is also a scripture in Isaiah 53 stating that Jesus bore our chastisement. Here is an excerpt: 3 HeContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?”