a fool despises his father’s instruction

Proverbs 15:5 (ESV)

5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

We’re so quick to give instruction but often slow to heed the counsel of others.

Kim+

the tongue of the wise commends knowledge

Proverbs 15:2 (ESV)

2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

There’s a common theme throughout the Book of Proverbs between ‘wisdom‘ & ‘foolishness’.

And often it’s associated with what we say.

James 3 has a long discourse on the tongue and the trouble it can get us into.

Yet it can also be used to ‘bless’ (v.9).

And, although the context of that verse is using it to ‘bless our Lord and Father’ (v.9), a great way to bless others is to share our knowledge of Him with them: the gospel.

It’s a simple thing but one we are easily tempted to avoid for fear of embarrassment and rejection.

But that would be unwise.

Kim+

prayer : help me to be wise not ‘foolish’

action : look for opportunities to commend knowledge by ‘boldly’ proclaiming’ the gospel (Ephesians 6:19)

a soft answer turns away wrath

Proverbs 15:1 (ESV)

1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

There’s a beautiful contrast here between the soft answer on the one hand and the “harsh word” on the other.

At a very human level we’re often quick to jump to conclusions. Assuming another’s guilt and letting fly with “harsh words” and threats of retribution.

What we need to do is stop. Think. And before we speak take the time to consider all the angles. Weigh up all the arguments. Even put ourselves in their shoes.

Especially since people are generally prone to defensiveness when confronted and accused.

And remember that we too are just as imperfect (John 7:53-8:11).

After all. We are all condemned and thus we all deserve God’s “wrath” (Ephesians 2:3).

Yet, thankfully, Jesus “delivers [believers] from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

Kim+

prayer : thank God that I’m not “destined for wrath” but have “obtained salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

action : practice answering softly