Vs 3: The refining pot is for is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tries the hearts.
What's in your heart? That is what God sees and is interested in.
|God knows whats in your heart!|
Vs 9: He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.
What you do here shows your motives I think:
- Love - Protect
- Harp - cause separation
This verse should encourage us to repay evil with good. Someone say something untrue and hurtful about you? Go and do something good for or to that person. Not easy - heaping coals as the word says - but only if your motives/your heart is right (vs 3).
Vs 17: A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.
You will know who your true friends (and family) are when you go through a desert. We must make sure that the flipside of that statement is not true of us. What type of friend am I when my friend is going through a tough time?
My encouragement to you is when reading scripture put yourself on both sides of the statement.