Pastor Erik here, the weather is kind of dreary today, thankfully our attitude and mood does not have to be dictated by our surroundings. Today we are looking at Proverbs Ch. 13. Go ahead and read the chapter...my comments will follow.
1 A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence. 3 The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat. 5 A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully. 6 Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner. 7 There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out. 10 Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel. 11 Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored. 19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil. 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21 Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. 23 Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice. 24 He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently. 25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.
Once again in Proverbs Ch. 13 we have a contrast between the righteous and the wicked- the wise and the fool. I highlighted a few verses that deal with a person's ability to accept correction, or in one case (vs. 24) a parent's willingness to deal out correction to their children. The ability to receive correction (or rebuke) is one of the most important character qualities we can develope. We do not want to be too proud, giving off the impression we are above correction. If you lack this quality in your life, whether it is receiving correction, or you struggle giving correction, i would suggest you take that before the Lord. God can help shore up the areas of our life that are in need of repair. During your daily time with the Lord, pray that God will soften your heart, and help you to receive legitimate constructive criticism. Likewise, if you struggle with discipline, the Lord can help with that as well. All we need to do is reach out and ask for help.