Considering Proverbs 6:1-3

My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 6:1-3”

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”

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 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”

Considering Proverbs 3:29-30

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. I don’t know if I’m reading this correctly, but that first verse seems to say that we should not plan evil against our neighbor who is living securely. ThisContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:29-30”

Considering Proverbs 3:27-28

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. This seems like a simple enough thing to do. If we knowContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:27-28”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction

Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life of a Christian. IContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction”

Considering Proverbs 3:11-12

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. The blood of Jesus forgives our sins when we put our faith in Him. Why then should we need correcting?   There is an aspect ofContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:11-12”

Considering Proverbs 3:9-10

9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. What are these verses saying? In literal terms, a person is instructed to give the best of his labor to the Lord. If he does, thenContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 3:9-10”