Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer [turns] away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Here we have a scenario that speaks of tension and confrontation. Solomon is telling his son about how to deal with a wrathful person. Whether this person’s wrath is justified or not is not said, and it’s immaterial. The point is the person is angry and he needs to be defused. Continue reading
Be faithful even when it’s tough
Proverb 12:9 “He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.”
This verse is better understood as “A poor person who provides for himself is better than someone who is proud and destitute.”
You’ve probably met, or seen the proud and destitute. They’re often holding up a sign that says “Will work for food,” but when you try to offer them work, they have excuses for why they can’t, and would prefer a generous donation instead.
And you may have met the poor, but self-providing individual. He may be between jobs or have hit upon hard times, but he’s faithfully seeking work where he can and doing what he must to provide for himself and his family. God says there’s more hope for someone like that than there is for the “proud and destitute.” Continue reading