The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:
His praise endureth for ever.
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Proverbs 21 to 30 = Counsel for Kings and Rulers
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“Self-Control” – a guarded mouth makes for a serene soul.
*He that is keeping his mouth and his tongue is keeping his soul
Proverbs : 21:23
“Reputation” – choose a good name rather than great riches.
*A name is to be chosen rather than abundant riches; favor is better
than even silver and gold.*
Proverbs : 22:1
“Soberness” – red wine is colorful but calamitous.
*Do not look at wine when it exhibits a red color, when it gives off its
sparkle in the cup, [when] it goes with a slickness.
Proverbs : 23:31
“Counsel” – the sober judgment of a sane thinking group is more
reliable than your own opinion.
*For by skillful direction you will carry on your war,
and in the multitude of counselors there is salvation.*
Proverbs : 24:6
“Women” – better solitude on top of the house than sojourning in the
house with a nagging woman.
*Better is it to dwell upon a corner of a roof than with a contentious wife,
although in a house in common.*
Proverbs : 25:24
“Gossip” – fire goes out when fuel gives out; scandal stops when mouths are stopped.
*Where there is no wood the fire goes out, and where there is
no slanderer contention grows still.*
Proverbs : 26:20
“Tomorrow” – there is never a tomorrow, only today.
Get it done now, for now soon becomes then.
*Do not make your boast about the next day, for you do not know what a day will give birth to.*
Proverbs : 27:1
“Understanding” – rank does not guarantee an understanding heart.
*A leader that is in want of true discernment is also abundant in fraudulent practices,
but he that is hating unjust profit will prolong [his] days.*
Proverbs : 28:16
“Bribes” – seek justice and our land shall stand; accept bribes and it will fall.
*By justice a king makes a land keep standing, but a man out for bribes tears it down.*
Proverbs : 29:4
“Security” – a trust in Yahweh/Jehovah Almighty God in heavens above is the only safe soul armor.
*Every saying of God is refined. He is a shield to those taking refuge in him.*
Proverbs : 30:5
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“If one is patient in a moment of anger,
one would escape a hundred days of sorrow.”
“Anger of the mind is poison to the soul.”
“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it,
he always gets angry.”
There are severe consequences and ramifications if we let our self-control
run rampant; so we need to learn how to control the emotions of the flesh,
the weakness in every soul. Anger is detrimental to our emotional and
spiritual well-being and do remember that anger is a friendly “sister”
trait to the Devil. If we let anger simmer inside of us every time that
we’re being provoked, intimidated, wrongly rebuked or accused or
even rightly reprimanded due to our own faults; and stop to think
rationally for a moment before we fly off the handle to fight back for
the sake of perceived rightful justification, we are bound to overstep
into boundaries of no return and be on the precipice of doing something
that we’ll regret for a lifetime. So, cut off the wrong and bad attitudes
of pride, anger and rebellion and not let it take root for the Devil is
always waiting on the sidelines for opportunities and moves in
for the kill to plot our downfall and thus when we are so dispirited
with our failures in life, we’ll start to lose our faith in God.
Anger nullifies all the humility and love that personifies us as a loving
child of God.
“When you are caught in the heavy rains of anger,
open the umbrella of mind, take refuge under the
roof of reason!”
Do not turn into “HULK” all the time,
it doesn’t pay …in the end.
The price is too high for our loss of self-control; whatever situation we
find ourselves in, from bad habits to anger to lust to envy to fear and not
forgetting arrogance and pride, we should have a gauge to measure our
self-control always and it’s got to be kept at bay and checked because our
Almighty True God JEHOVAH in the heavens above is never pleased
with that and we’ll definitely be admonished and pruned in a manner
worthy in God’s eyes.
4th July 2010