Friday, June 17, 2022
Walk with the Wise
13 Intelligent children listen to their parents;
foolish children do their own thing.
2 The good acquire a taste for helpful conversation;
bullies push and shove their way through life.
3 Careful words make for a careful life;
careless talk may ruin everything.
4 Indolence wants it all and gets nothing;
the energetic have something to show for their lives.
5 A good person hates false talk;
a bad person wallows in gibberish.
-Proverbs 13:1-5 The Message
13 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of his mouth, a man eats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
5 The righteous hates falsehood,
but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
Verse 3 study: Self-control is one of the most significant tests of control you will face. You haven’t learned self-control until you have to make decisions to hurt or heal with your tongue. James understood this truth and stated, “The tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.” If you want self-control, control your tongue. Take a moment and think before reacting or speaking. If you can control the influential member, you can control the rest of your body.
5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! -James 3:5 ESV