The internet is full of quick resources and self-help advice amidst times of calm and times of crisis. Today we talk about Anger. You can find help on literally anything on the go anytime, anywhere. But how much of it is true and actually helpful and how much of it is just click-bait and sensationalism. Thankfully, we have a book that has stood the test of time. King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (excluding Jesus fully-man of course). Solomon, Son of David, when asked by God he can have anything he wants, Solomon responded “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). It is through this godly wisdom that we have the book of Proverbs today! Today we focus on Proverbs 15 – Group Work!
Let’s journey through Proverbs!
I was that kid
Whenever we did group work in school, there were typically two kinds of kids: the one person who did everything and then, well, everyone else in the group. I was the kid who did everything
The hard part about the life we live is that we’re taught to do it all “on our own” and to “mind our own business.” We’re “looking out for number one” and “taking care of our own.” While there’s some wisdom within each of those phrases, there’s also a troubling reality.
We aren’t perfect. We can’t see all the angles or do everything ourselves.
God built us to need each other (Genesis 2:18). We need other people for companionship, to form relationships, and to also grow in our patience and love for each other.
The other beautiful thing about having people in our lives is that they can help us understand things we don’t understand. The perspectives and experiences of other people can give us wisdom into different life situations that we haven’t encountered before.
Proverbs says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
The point is that the more input and wisdom you have into a decision, the more likely it is to succeed. This is because mentors and guides can help us see things we would have missed if it were only up to us.
Consider finding some “life advisers” today.
Choose people who are:
People of faith – people who believe that the chase for Godly wisdom is a good idea and are on that chase themselves.
Those of prayer – you want advisers who are committed to engaging with God and learning through a conversational relationship with Him.
Friends who know you – strangers make difficult advisers because wisdom has to make sense in real life. Find advisers who understand your situation and personality, as well as the decision you’re trying to make.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools are not upright.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction[a] lie open before the Lord—
how much more do human hearts!
12 Mockers resent correction,
so they avoid the wise.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but gracious words are pure in his sight.
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
but the one who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
will be at home among the wise.
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
and humility comes before honor.