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SO YOU THINK YOU’RE A WISE-GUY – Aug. 3rd

August 3, 2011

BIBLE READING PLAN:    Proverbs 7-10

MEDITATION VERSE:   Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.  Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.   Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;  teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”  Proverbs 9:7-10

THOUGHTS:

  • How a person responds to correction and reproof is a good indicator of his wisdom. 
  • Pride will prevent someone from accepting a reproof, which will limit their wisdom.  Why would someone attack someone else who has corrected them?  They would attack if they view the correction as an attack on themselves.  A reproof is used to make us better / make us wiser regardless of whether the person who is delivering it has the correct motivations.
  • We can feel attacked by a reproof when we value the opinions of men about us more than we value the opinion of God about us.  God knows we are an idiot.  We all need to acknowledge that in respect to God we are about as intelligent as a single cell amoeba.  It seems silly to be fighting for rank and position among other amoebas. 
  • A wise man will always need reproof.  There is no end to learning and understanding the depths of God.  The beginning of which is the fear of the Lord.
  • The frequency of my turning away from evil is a measure of my wisdom.
  • We can know a lot of things about a lot of stuff but if it is not based on the knowledge of God than you can’t call it insight.

PRAYER:    Lord, Forgive me for a pride filled heart.  Make me wise – wise enough to accept the reproof of others without acting defensive.  Help me not to care what people think of me.  Help me to only care about what you think of me.  Amen

The above is my Bible Reading Plan.  I am providing it in hopes that it will encourage you to start one of your own. 

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