Thursday, 14 July 2011

Proverbs 28

These are the verse that stood out for me in Ch 28:

Money or man?
Vs 6:  Better is the poor who walk in his integrity that one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
We should without question value integrity over wealth.  Wealth most certainly does not make a person nicer, more honest, have integrity or morals.  It also does not make a person happy.  I'd rather be respected for having integrity than for having wealth.  People look at wealthy people differently, give them more leeway, as if they are better than anyone else with less.  God does not approve of that.  God looks at the heart, not the wallet!  So should we!

Vs 13:  He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Who will have mercy? - Whoever confesses and forsakes his sin!


Vs 23:  He who rebukes a man will find more favour afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.
Have you ever rebuked someone and for season there is awkwardness?  As time goes by the Lord works in the situation and that person comes back to you and acknowledges they needed to hear that.


Have you ever been flattered but you just KNOW its insincere?  You don't think much of the person doing the flattering, right?
So for me, the lesson is, don't flatter insincerely, people will see through it, and if you are rightfully rebuked or rebuking, consider it prayerfully.

What are your thoughts?

God bless
Tracy

13 comments:

  1. I think it is much easier for people to flatter if their love language is words of encouragement. Compliments and flatter flow freely from them. For us "say it like it is" people, I'd take a rebuke and integrity EVERY SINGLE TIME.
    Bless you.

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  2. Wow I never thought of that before. I am one of those people that will lie just not to hurt someones feelings. I never thought that it was wrong to do that before. :( Thank you for this! :)

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  3. I love verse 13. Hidden and unconfessed sin will eat us up. It's amazing the healing that takes place we simply acknowledge to God what He already knows. He is just waiting for us to let go. Thanks

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  4. Hi Stefanie - you and me both, I'm not much of a flatterer. I'd take integrity every time too.

    Hi Fallon, Proverbs is an awesome book on how God expects us to live. 31 chapters, one for every day of the month. Thanks for the comment

    Hi Eileen - Its so true what you say. Its amazing how unconfessed stuff affects a person physically.

    Thank you all for commenting - I am very blessed by it.
    Tracy

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  5. Tracy, God is using your insights into Proverbs to reveal things to me I hadn't seen before.
    It was affirming to read your thoughts on Verse 23. I try very hard to be both honest and encouraging--and sometimes it can be difficult.
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  6. Wait... you mean money won't make you happy??? ;) I used to be SO stingy with money (and I still am to an extent). One of the worst things is WATCHING people flatter someone insincerely. I've seen it on more than one occassion and it's not fun. Thanks for these. :)

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  7. Hi Pam - I agree with you, it can very really hard to be encouraging especially to someone you is abrasive. I appreciate your comments very much.

    Hi Kelly - I was shocked too. TV says money does make you happy - go figure! Can't you just see right through it when someone flatters like that and then you think 'can't that person see it?' I suppose the lesson for me is not to be like that.

    Thanks ladies - always appreciate the comments and thats no flattery there. Just pure appreciation!!!

    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. Tracy,

    I love verse 6, this world we live in thinks that money will make us happy, when really it provides the false illusion of happiness. Certainly it will make them more comfortable, but for many, not all it comes with a price.

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  9. I would much rather be a poor gal with her integrity intact than to be a rich lady with no morals or character to speak of!

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  10. Such good stuff to ponder Tracy. I grew up in a world of empty flattery and it can be so hard to discern genuine vs. in-genuine flatter. I guess that is where I need to stop...seek the Lord and ask...is this random, empty flattery without thought or genuine praise that will encourage them in the Lord. So enriching...Thanks Tracy

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  11. I like verse 6, Tracy. I want to choose integrity over wealth.

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  12. Integrity over wealth... so important. We have never had wealth so it's not been much of a choice for us!

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  13. Hi Kandi - Money does seem to come with a price, isn't that punny!

    Hi Allison - I also prefer integrity over wealth any day.

    Hi Jen - Great point, to stop and think first.

    Hi Lisa - Amen to that! I think when we do choose integrity, someone else's wealth does not intimidate us.

    Hi Alida - When you eliminate 'money' you can be wealthy in so many other ways - friendship, God's grace, mercy given and received. Thanks for the comment

    Thanks all - I love the comments and appreciate them, they encourage me!
    God bless
    Tracy

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