Proverbs 25: Wisdom Amongst the Tension

Proverbs 25: Wisdom Amongst The Tension

In the wake of the shootings in Dallas this past Thursday, which left 5 police officers and 1 assailant dead, tension continues to seize our country. As news agencies, churches, politicians, special-interest groups and a myriad of others weigh in on the recent tragedy and the other tragic events leading up to it, many words are spoken. Many actions are taken. Some are meant to help. Some are meant to hinder.

How can we choose our words and our actions wisely?

We’ve walked through Proverbs for a time and now land on Proverbs 25. In this chapter, we can find so much that relates to current news in our culture.

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28

What are we to do when the world keeps sliding further into animosity? We see the lack of self-control plaguing every facet of society. The world pushes for no rules and keeping things relative.

Seek the Lord.

Ask for the self-control to do the opposite of what the world would have you do.

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” – Proverbs 25:21-22

Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the Living Water. Self-control should emulate how Jesus interacted and spoke with those who would desert him, deny him, betray him, hurt him and kill him.

Seek the Lord.

Ask for the love to the do the opposite of what the world would have you do.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.” – Proverbs 25:11-12

Words have power. During this age of entertainment, words are plentiful. Catch phrases are prominent and become hollow. Gossip, slander and negativity roll off the tongue too easy.

Seek the Lord.

Ask for the words to communicate the opposite of what the world would have you.

“It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.” – Proverbs 25:27

Self-centeredness, pride and arrogance dominate the speech in our culture today. None of these contribute to loving our neighbor. If our motive is to seek only what is good for us (or those like us), we don’t fulfill the mission God has placed on us.

Seek the Lord.

Ask for the humility to seek the good of others instead of what the world would have you do.

In light of all that is wrong at this time in our country, take solace in knowing that Jesus has overcome the world. His self-control, his words and his love for others turned history upside down. He grants this to those who ask of Him.

Seek the Lord.

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I am a man who loves his wife, Jessica, his daughter, Clara, his family, his friends and his church. Jesus Christ makes this all possible. He has made the difference in my life and I hope you encounter the difference He can make in yours.

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