Episode 75: Correction, Discretion, Diligence, and Integrity

Proverbs 13:1-5

1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,

but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

 

Solomon continues to draw the distinction between the wise child and the foolish one. The disrespectful son disregards correction, but the prudent one hears and heeds his parent’s instruction. One is teachable; the other is not. Which are we? Continue reading “Episode 75: Correction, Discretion, Diligence, and Integrity”

Episode 74: Kind Words, Good Friends, and Eternal Life

Proverbs 12:25-28

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,

but a kind word cheers it up.

 

Anxious fear can incapacitate us, stealing the joy from our lives. And yet, Solomon says that an encouraging word spoken at just the right time can change everything. By speaking grace and truth, we can lift the spirits of those we encounter. What an amazing privilege! Continue reading “Episode 74: Kind Words, Good Friends, and Eternal Life”

Episode 73: Be Righteous, Honest, Discerning, and Diligent

Proverbs 12:21-25

21 No harm overtakes the righteous,

but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

 

Suffering and death ultimately have no power over those whose lives are hidden securely in Christ. In a cosmic reversal, the Lord uses suffering to perfect our character. He may even use our death to glorify himself. Likewise, the grave becomes a gateway into his presence. Harm passes over the righteous like a shadow. Not so the unrighteous. They experience the full impact of trouble, suffering and death. Continue reading “Episode 73: Be Righteous, Honest, Discerning, and Diligent”

Episode 72: The Power of Prudent Speech

Proverbs 12:16-20

16 Fools show their annoyance at once,

but the prudent overlook an insult.

 

Like an insolent adolescent, the fool is visibly vexed when confronted with his or her folly. But the prudent person isn’t annoyed–even by a genuine insult. The wise individual knows the virtue of overlooking an offense and not being drawn into someone else’s drama. Continue reading “Episode 72: The Power of Prudent Speech”