Timing For Everything IV

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 08/23/2022. 8:00am

A Person Without Self-Control

16-17 When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down;

    overeat chocolate, and you’ll make yourself sick;

And when you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome;

    show up at all hours, and he’ll soon get fed up.

18 Anyone who tells lies against the neighbors

    in court or on the street is a loose cannon.

19 Trusting a double-crosser when you’re in trouble

    is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.

20 Singing light songs to the heavyhearted

    is like pouring salt into their wounds.

-Proverbs 25:16-20 The Message

If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,

    lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,

    lest he has his fill of you and hates you.

18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor

    is like a war club, sword, or sharp arrow.

19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble

    is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart

    is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,

    and like vinegar on soda.

-Proverbs 25:16-20 ESV

Verse 16 study: There is a thing as too much, even for something good.

Verses 16-17 study: Here is the message; know when to stop, honey is good for you, but too much can make you sick, neighborly friendship is good, but excessive familiarity can abuse another’s privacy. Therefore, relationships need to be defined wisely.

Verse 18 study: False witness (lying) is vicious. A stab wound is permanent; the effects of a stab wound are like bearing false witness. It is permanent to those who are being lied to. When tempted to pass on gossip, think of yourself stabbing the victim of your remarks with a sword. This image can shock you into silence.

False testimony belongs to the same group as weapons of war because they all have the same effects and instruments used to assault others and their well-being.

Verse 19 study: The pain is both acute and chronic.

Verse 20 study: The process of vinegar to soda renders the latter useless. Another thought is like pouring vinegar on a wound. Taking someone’s coat and pouring vinegar on wounds causes pain. Trifle does as well in the presence of sorrow.

There is a time for everything. The protest is against that which is unsuitable and has terrible taste.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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