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Proverbs 14:3 NIV

By March 14, 2022No Comments

“A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.”

Sounds kind of like a weapon in their mouth doesn’t it. Perhaps a sword. We all know our mouths can certainly be a weapon. And here Solomon tells us we weld that weapon because we are arrogant and prideful and even insolent. We believe we have a right to. We believe that it may even serve humanity for us to do that. However, we are wrong. Solomon cleared that up in the second half of this for us by letting us know the wise are protected from the consequences of what the prideful are saying. We remove ourselves. We stay clear of the inferences of the arrogant. We walk humbly and recognition that our lives are guided, governed and owned by our creator. Whatever good we would begin to feel pride for we recognized as entirely a gift from God. A gift they could be removed at any moment and at times in our lives has been. I certainly know that’s true in my own life. The minute I choose to be prideful about anything it seems it’s gone the next moment. That is done out of love by a God who knows the minute I begin to trust in myself I become prideful, arrogant and insolent and I face the ruin that goes along with that. At times my family has suffered the consequences as well as my staff. I learned early on that it was not only painful to others it was also harmful to me. Pastors can be the worst about this. They can carry an arrogance that comes from believing they know more or they know better about God and his ways then “the average person”. I assure you that even though they may know a few more verses by heart or a couple cool quotes by spiritual leaders they are no better in their creators eyes than you or I. Today put away the sword and speak kindly. #BeTheEdge

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 NIV

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