Sunday, June 26, 2022
25 Souls are saved by truthful witness
and betrayed by the spread of lies.
26 The Fear-of-God builds up confidence
and makes a world safe for your children.
27 The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water
So you won’t go off drinking from poisoned wells.
28 The mark of a good leader is loyal followers;
leadership is nothing without a following.
29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding;
a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.
30 A sound mind makes for a robust body,
but runaway emotions corrode the bones.
-Proverbs 14:25-30 The Message
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
26 In the fear of the Lord, one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people, a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
Verse 25 study: No point in having leadership if there are no followers to follow.
Verse 26 study: Refuge: a shelter, refuge, protection, fortress, hope, a place of trust, and a shelter from the storms. Reread the Scripture. How powerful is this? How comforting is His truth?
Verse 29 study: A quick temper is like a wildfire. It can do harm around us and in its path. Anger divides us and allows us to make bad decisions that can cause bitterness and guilt. Anger is not wrong because it can be a legitimate reason for injustice and sin. When you feel angry, find the cause. Are you reacting to a bad situation that you waited to set right? Or is it personal and your plan to act selfishly in response to a personal insult? Take time to pray that God will help you control your feelings into good actions and forget your selfish anger through humility and repentance.
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