Pastor's Sunday Sermon
April 18, 2021
Wisdom and Obedience
Read the bible, apply the wisdom, and pray for understanding of the scripture.
The words and attitudes we use are referenced a lot in Proverbs.
The tongue, the lips, the mouth, and the words. All of these things you are measured by. They show your wisdom, your intelligence, and your motives.
Those who can control them will be more apt to show the fruits of the spirits.
True friends are hard to find. It is needed to have an honest friend who is strong in faith to help support you and hold you accountable.
One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
but only wants to show off his opinions.[a]
3 When a wicked person comes, contempt also comes,
and along with dishonor, derision.
4 The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters,
a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.[b]
5 It is not good to show partiality to the guilty,
denying an innocent person justice.
6 A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.
7 A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.
8 A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being.[c]
9 The one who is lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[d]
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are protected.[e]
11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.
12 Before his downfall a person’s heart is proud,
but humility comes before honor.
13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.
14 A person’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?
15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it.
16 A person’s gift opens doors[f] for him
and brings him before the great.
17 The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him.
18 Casting the lot ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.
19 An offended brother is harder to reach[g]
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor person pleads,
but the rich one answers roughly.
24 One with many friends may be harmed,[h]
but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
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