Proverbs 12:26 – Picking Friends

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. – Proverbs 12:26

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 18:24; 22:24-25

My thoughts:

How do you pick your friends? I know for myself people can come into my life and I’m drawn to them, not thinking about their character too much. It can be easy to connect with people at an emotional or intellectual level, but not delve into all of who they are. 6651627573_6009ab41d6_zFriends do influence us both in good and bad ways, and this proverb speaks of how it is the mark of the righteous to choose them carefully. Let’s be wise with who we hang out with so we aren’t influenced to turn away from God.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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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 references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:25 – Anxious Thoughts

Anxiety weighs down the heart,

but a kind word cheers it up.

– Proverbs 12:25

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 17:22, Ephesians 4:29

My thoughts:

All too often we can be weighed down by our fears and worries. This proverb speaks to that, saying it’s anxiety that troubles our hearts. Yet a timely word from a friend can be 14612703007_bd9126d35c_zall we need to get out of our mental or emotional slump. So often I’m then reminded of God’s goodness and how I’ve been losing control of my mind. Don’t ever underestimate the power of encouragement!

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 references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:20 – Peace for Others

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. – Proverbs 12:20

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts:

Joy can be a fleeting thing if you simply seek after it. The better way to receive it is to seek it for others. The proverb speaks of promoters of peace, as if that is a role to take on. 53993517_ff46bfcd89_o.jpgWe are to seek the good for others and the outcome is that we can be blessed by that too. The alternative lifestyle, to seek for others’ downfall promises only problems for us too. Deceit is a double-edged sword and can affect the perpetrator.

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 12:18 – Sharp Tongue

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. – Proverbs 12:18

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts: 

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cut like a knife. I honestly prefer my version to that saying, because it’s just true. This proverb points to the danger of a loose 8503280372_bbd784c2a3_o.jpgtongue, saying it pierces like a weapon. How often do we let loose the fire-starter that is our mouth! The much wiser way to use our words is to heal and encourage. We have all benefited from such blessing, I’m sure.

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 12:16 – How Vexing…

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. – Proverbs 12:16

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts:

People are bound to insult you. Whether it’s unintentional or not, you are going to be 9303265297_329af6c890_o.jpgmistreated with words one way or other. Our response shows if we have wisdom at the time. This proverb says some people show annoyance straight away, and therein lies the problem. Determining to respond with deference when insulted is the wisest option. Who wants to look easily manipulated?

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 12:10 – Caring for Animals

The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. – Proverbs 12:10

Some places where this is discussed in the Bible:

Proverbs 27:23, Deuteronomy 25:4

My thoughts:

Humans need care to thrive, as do 6281748241_8abf80bdaf_b.jpganimals. In order to look after an animal you need some decency and sense of respect for them. In this proverb it’s the one who knows what is right who cares for his animals. The so called “kindest acts” of the uncaring will only harm whoever gets their treatment. Let’s look after our pets, but the people around us need our love, too.

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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 12:8 – Good Sense

A person is praised according to their prudence, but one with a warped mind is despised – Proverbs 12:8

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 12:5, 11:23, 28.

My thoughts.

We all like a good laugh over silly behaviour but when it comes to real life decisions, even the world seeks for wisdom. When money, reputation, or family is on the line, no Festival of Colors, Spanish Fork, UTone likes a bad decision maker in their life. In this proverb we see the prudent is a compared with a warped mind. Life is no laughing matter. It is fleeting and good sense is in order to properly spend time here. Let’s pray to God for him to make us all people of prudence.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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