March 1, 2019

Proverbs 25:20 (NLT) — 20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound.

It stings. Scripture exhorts us to be happy with those who are happy  and weep with those  who weep.(Romans 12:15). This is where being sensitive to the Holy Spirit comes in. Scripture also says, Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. (Hebrews 13:3)

Proverbs 25:21 (NLT) — 21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.

Remember that we are not called to harm but to help. We are not called to hurt but to heal. We are not called to put down but to build up. We are not called to ignore but to inspire. The way of Jesus was to give life and give it abundantly.(John 10:10) We are not called to blast but to bless. (1 Peter 3:9)

Proverbs 25:22 (NLT) — 22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.

In the movie Les Miserables , Jean Valjean was overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the bishop after he had stolen the bishops silver. That grace extended him by the bishop smote his conscience and changed his life. He became a man who quit holding grudges and began using his life to help people. He had submitted to grace.
Dectective Javert experienced kindness and grace at the hands of Valjean when Valjean spared his life. Javert would not submit to grace, he was all about reward and punishment, so rather than change he killed himself.
What a picture of those who receive God’s grace and those who don’t.

Proverbs 25:23 (NLT) — 23 As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

Here we have cause and effect. Here in Minnesota that north wind brings cold and snow:) If gossip was met with a closed ear instead of an eager ear it would soon stop. Gossip never results in good.

Proverbs 25:24 (NLT) — 24 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

Bad words in a good setting still make for a miserable life. Words from husband to wife and wife to husband and parents to children can make or break a family. Give your spouse and  your children words of blessing instead of filling their lives with material things. Choose to give them the words that make for peace now and that will influence their future later. A child that hears the words ‘you can succeed, you can succeed’ repeated often will succeed. And just the opposite is also true.

Proverbs 25:25 (NLT) — 25 Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.

Jesus Christ was our good news from far away. He brought us words of life > “I forgive you, you are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world.” Good news is much better than gossip and it has better results.

Proverbs 25:26 (NLT) — 26 If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

Don’t give in to ugly wicked words. They can quickly dirty a good life.

Proverbs 25:27 (NLT) — 27 It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.

It is not wise to stuff yourself with sweets just as it is not wise to repeatedly pat yourself on the back. The first is not good for your body and the second isn’t good for your soul. Work on having a good reputation by taking care of your body and not fishing for compliments.

Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) — 28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

This type of a person makes temptations successful and so is vulnerable to all sorts of harmful things. Where walls are broken down the good leaves and evil enters.

Be Inspired Hilltop!