Proverbs 12:22 – Lying Lips

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. – Proverbs 11:22

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

God is truth. It’s one of His steadfast attributes. You could say He doesn’t leave home without it. This proverb testifies to God hating liars but loving truth-sayers. The tongue16095429_8644c85462_o.jpg has played a part in many surrounding verses, and we have found one thing common among them: it matters what we say. God cares and that should be reason enough for us to care too.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:19 – Temporary Lies

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. – Proverbs 12:19

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

Lies do get seen through eventually in some way or other. I found this every time I tried to lie to my parents. My lies didn’t have lasting value, unlike the truth. This proverb 26434249884_d6bb692a22_o.jpgspeaks of truth lasting forever, which can speak of it’s powerful nature here on earth, but also could be of the eternal nature of God’s judgement and kingdom. Only the truth will endure under His rule.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Proverbs 12:17 – Spinning Tales

An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. – Proverbs 12:17

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

A courtroom can’t deliver justice when everyone lies. You need truth about a case to get 6800413382_5504eb952e_o (1).jpganywhere, and only an honest witness will avoid spinning a tale. The direct opposite to this is the false witness, whose very nature will reveal dishonesty. Where there are talebearers, you have injustice, and our just LORD will not be mocked forever. I look for the Day of Judgement, when all lies will be stripped of their power.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Proverbs 12:12 – Stronghold Envy

The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures. – Proverbs 12:12

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 12:3

My thoughts:

It’s quite tempting to want another’s wealth, but what if it’s been ill gained? Would you5107629046_8bd35b56ff_o.jpg still desire it? The wicked have no qualms about such a dilemma. This proverb seems to be pointing out how people will desire wealth regardless of where it came from. The alternative is to seek after the “root of the righteous”. Only the things of the LORD last.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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The Righteous Will Stand – Proverbs 12:7

The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand. – Proverbs 12:7

What is this proverb saying?
Where people stand before God makes all the difference in this life and the next, this proverb seems to be stressing. The people who reject God and His ways, who go about their business with no regard of Him, are said here to be overthrown completely. They have no sure future, no way, José. What surety do they have if God can call them to account at anytime? No one knows the hour of their death, and there is only judgment awaiting the lost.
The righteous household has no fear of dangers that might befall it. The righteous person’s surety is in God, and they will stand regardless of whatever happens.4991042830_8804605e28_b
While there is an appearance of all people getting hurt and sick or dying at seemingly random times, the point is that the righteous will find safety in God and the wicked have no such promise.

What can we learn from Proverbs 12:7?
What is your trust in? Do you trust wholly in the things of this world, such as money, locks, police or fire-resistant insulation?
Despite the importance of partly investing in these things, it surely is far better to seek and to put your trust in God, the Creator of this world?
We should not fear anything happening to us if our trust is in God. Make sure you and your whole family are made right with God and not even death will be the end to your house. Amen.

Thanks so much for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

Check out TWO other posts about surety in God:

Your foundation in life is crucial – On Proverbs 10:24-26

God is an Immovable Foundation- Proverbs 12:3

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Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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How to Think Godly – Proverbs 12:5

The thoughts of the righteous are right,

But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. – Proverbs 12:5

A man’s deliberations start in his mind, and then are later spoken, and this proverb deals with two types of men and their different thoughts. The righteous man is said to have thoughts that are right. Before a person like this even acts, they are said to have considered ideas rightly and in a godly way. The wicked person is said to have an opposite way of thinking, one of evil and deceit.

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Where do these different thought-lives come from? Do some people just naturally favour good or evil thoughts?

Well Psalm 14 (links to Bible Gateway) tells us that when God surveys the world He sees only corrupt people on the face of earth, with the exception of His people, the righteous. So this righteousness is found in those who are following God in the way He has said to. Back in that time, that would mean following God as the nation of Israel had been taught.

It follows then that a person’s nature and thoughts depend on their knowledge of and relationship with God. To be declared righteous they need to seek after God’s ways in His Word and trust in His mercy daily.

A person seeking after God probably won’t always have a righteous thought, yet he will love God’s Word and his thoughts will change to be more godly each day.

However, the man who disregards God, who says the LORD does not exist, has no moral obligation or desire to be godly. He will plan to do whatever suits him and furthers his good lot in life. This means he will consider how to manipulate and deceive people in order to get his way.

So what can we learn from this proverb?

God is the source of all goodness, wisdom, and righteousness. If we want to think in a way that honours God and helps our fellow man, we must rely on God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to change us. Seek after God through Jesus Christ, and your whole life will be aligned rightly.

God bless you. Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

I’ve written about a similar passage here:  Good Desire, Bad Desire – Proverbs 11:23

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Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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God is an Immovable Foundation- Proverbs 12:3

A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved. – Proverbs 12:3

 

Reading this verse do you feel, as I felt, that this doesn’t initially seem to be true in life?

We see dictators rise and flourish. We see corrupt businessmen take charge of companies. We see the easily persuaded fooled by schemes.

Since this proverb is God’s Word, however, we have to take it seriously. Lets try to understand what it’s saying and how it can apply to our world.

The basis of what a man believes affects his whole way of living. If he serves the God of the Bible, his trust will be in the ways of God, and his efforts will be for God’s glory.

An idol-worshipper, as in anyone who rejects God, will be engaged in a similar way with his god.

This proverbs seems to be saying those who seek to build security in life without God will have unsure footing. Those who live by God’s Word are promised a grounding that is sure.

I find the man who rejects God ends up finding there is a lot of uncertainty in life and clings to anything that promises to provide security. I’ve seen people trust in Science, their reason, a rampantly evil lifestyle, drugs, or even insurance. As much as they claim they are content and have no worries about death, when pressed I find they may honestly admit to the weakness of such gods.

The person, however, who trusts in the infallible, immovable, and all-powerful God, will claim that although life has it’s uncertainties, their life is secure in God, and it is Him whom they will live and die for.

So can an unbelieving person flourish here on Earth? Well, I believe it is possible, but they’re striving against the wisdom and law of God, on which His creation is built upon. They are bound to fall and time will tell whether that will be in this life or the next.

 

6827018401_9ed80646f4_zWhat can we learn from this?

God is the firm foundation on whom we put our trust. Any other ground is unstable and temporary.

If men have great success in gathering wealth and building godless empires, we have to trust that God laughs at their efforts, as He’s laughed throughout the ages at men doing just that. Egypt fell. Babylon fell. Persia fell. Rome fell. Nazi Germany fell. It is only by God withholding his judgement that such people can still stand nowadays.

We can know that trusting in anything but God is folly and idolatry. See Jeremiah 11:11-12 for what God said to disobedient and distrustful Israel.

Read also Isaiah 31:1-3 here:

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots

and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord.
Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster;
he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against that wicked nation,
against those who help evildoers.
But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God;
their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
those who help will stumble,
those who are helped will fall;
all will perish together. (NIV)

Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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God Judges the Evil and the Good – Proverbs 12:2

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. – Proverbs 12:2

If you were to step into God’s throne room with a request, how would you do it, and how much would you expect a positive response?

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This is ruler of the universe I am talking about, so surely there is some protocol necessary to come before Him.

What if I told you that God knows what you’ve ever done and ever will do, and your every thought?

Since God is holy and sees people in all their inglorious wretchedness, including all their inner thoughts and intentions, it’s hard to see how anyone can receive anything from God!
God is everything you’d expect of a good and fair king, and treats His human creation as He sees them, taking into account their actions and intent.This proverb speaks of God measuring a man’s thoughts and actions, choosing either to bless or curse.

God sees the evil thoughts of a man, and condemns his actions, even if they are seen as good by the world. God is not fooled by the facade of showy deeds but discerns a man’s intent.

The man who acts with evil intent is said to receive nothing but judgement. If this is true, and our intentions are being measured, God condemns a lot of people! This condemnation could be a rebuttal to a person’s prayers or a choice to hold off blessings of well-being or consistent work. It could also be speaking of condemnation on Judgement Day, when all things are measured before a just and good God.

The “good” man is merely the one who trusts in God and is faithful in what he has been given, and who serves God with right motives. He seeks God and His goodness, trusting alone in His merciful nature. The good man is not perfect, but is pressing towards God, and therefore receives His favour. A man who is faithful to God and seeks to love others and God, will receive favour from Him, just as a human king will bless a treasured servant. This favour could be the gift of joy in serving God, or it could be a blessing of answered prayer, or it could be the words, “Welcome, faithful servant into my Kingdom.”

Now, what can we learn from this?

It’s plain enough to work out if God judged our thoughts and actions fairly by His law, we would be condemned as people of evil intent. After all, is there anyone who can claim to be a truly faithful servant of the LORD? We all stumble as humans, and as Psalm 14:3b says, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”

We can echo what Psalm 15:2b says: “My goodness is nothing apart from You.” We can only have goodness through Jesus Christ, for our righteousness comes to nothing on God’s scales. Because of Christ we have full favour from our Heavenly Father, and He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)” To be outside Christ is to be condemned, without His saving power and absolute goodness. There is no life aside from Him.

So in answer the first question I asked, I believe we have to enter God’s throne room with Jesus Christ as our mediator. Check out scripture on this in Hebrews 12:18-28, which is a picture of God’s throne room. Peace be with you.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Sin affects the Righteous and the Wicked – Proverbs 11:31

If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,

How much more the ungodly and the sinner.” – Proverbs 11:31

Even those living in faithfulness to God and His word will stumble and fall, and just like for any other sinner, there are consequences for them. Sin has a way of causing so much hurt and lasting problems, and it affects all people, whether or not they actively seek out evil deeds.

We can see examples of righteous people in the Bible being brought low with sin, and God allowing or bringing about consequences for the evil:

– Abraham slept with Hagar, his wife’s female servant, in order to get the child he feared he would never have with Sarah. Hagar had a boy, who was a source of jealousy for Sarah, and a threat to the first-born status of Isaac. (Genesis 21:8-11)

– God declared to King David that he would lose the son he conceived with Bathsheba, for his sexual sin with her, and his murder of Uriah, her husband. He was spared death himself, though. (I Samuel 12:9-15)

In these cases, we see a generally faithful servant of God suffering from the result of their sinful actions.

I believe the proverb is arguing that just as the righteous receive due reward for sin, so much more do the wicked for their lives of sin.

The Bible has examples of the wicked receiving punishment for their actions before God:

– Because he killed Abel, Cain was cursed to be a fugitive wherever he went, but was spared being murdered by his siblings with a mark given by God. (Genesis 4:8-15)

– Every human, but for Noah and his family, were drowned in a world-wide flood, for as the Lord said, “The earth is filled with violence through them.” (Genesis 6:9-13)

– King Belshazzar glorified himself and not the God of the Bible, and the Lord brought utter destruction on him and his line with the invasion of the Medes and Persians. (Daniel 5:22-31)

If it is the case that when even the faithful sin, they are punished, how much more so that those who utterly reject God and live life in complete rebellion will suffer.

Now, what can we learn as Christians?

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Sin is not to be trifled with. It is destructive to every life, and God does not deal lightly with offenders. There is great mercy and grace in a believers life, though, and God does spare us from his punishment. He instead disciplines us as a father disciplines his children, wanting us to grow to despise the sin as He does. This idea comes out in Hebrews 12:3-9 (sorry for so many links!) where the writer argues that we should receive God’s chastening well.

While we should expect people who reject God with their lives to suffer a lot, I doubt we have any good reason to gloat over them. We were once like them, under God’s anger. May we not so easily forget our beginnings. Amen.

-Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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A Righteous Life Blesses Many – Proverbs 11:30

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

And he who wins souls is wise.” – Proverbs 11:30

Have you had the experience of being around people who are so loving and giving that it’s so easy to bask in that love and to love them back?

It is truly good to be blessed by people with such a way of life, and even better to then seek to pass on that blessing as a legacy.

I feel this is similar to what this proverb is getting at, that the life and deeds of a righteous person are an ever overflowing resource for others.

For me, the idea of a tree of life here hearkens back to the tree in the garden of Eden, and how it was never eaten of. The tree of life here, though, is an accessible and abundant source of blessing.2327591996_b17c5395fd_o

When one lives in such a way, in living by God’s Word every day with love and godliness, people around them are blessed, and there is much growth of character.

The faithful might never realise how many people they’ve helped to grow closer to God. The goal then is not to count one’s friends as any sort of measure, but to seek godliness by reading God’s word and living by it.

People can be drawn to a righteous person, and it is the role of the godly person to then lead them to God with all eagerness.

This is a very evangelistic message for God’s people, Israel, to bring in many who might be searching for God, and to teach them in all things.

Now, what can we learn as Christians?

All goodness comes from God, and we cannot rely on our efforts to become righteous; it’s all reliant on God’s good pleasure and mercy. The aim for the Christian is to become mature in Christ, who makes it possible for us to become holy. Ephesians has a great passage about growing in Christ (Ephesians 4:7-16).

As servants of the gospel, we ought to be seeking out people to tell of the great gift of Jesus offered to sinners all across the world! May we be wise in this. Amen.

-Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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