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Proverbs 9 [Read]
Proverbs 10 [Read]
Corinthians 15:1-32 [Read]
Who is the righteous and who is the wicked? This must be the main topic in Solomon’s mind when he put together Proverbs 10, for many of the sayings involve the contrast between those two kinds of people. Not surprisingly, many of the criteria involve our mouth.
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked” (Prov 10:11). Whatever we have inside will inevitably flow out of our mouth, no matter how careful we are. When a person has peace inside, his speech will be filled with kindness. When a person has a heart of thanksgiving inside, his speech will be overflown with grace. Those things give more than just comfort to the hearers they also give life, for only life can give life. On the other hand, bitterness and covetousness inside naturally give out complaints and resentment. Those things bring dissension and violence and, eventually, spiritual death. Indeed, “the lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment” (10:21).
Therefore, it is futile to just focus on our speech without taking a hard look at what is inside our heart. “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs” (10:12). We can get really good with words sometimes, and we can skillfully deliver a message of hatred without people noticing it, including ourselves. But such words eventually cause dissension between friends, among people, and, worst of all, between parts of the body of Christ. Rebuke can be fruitless (9:7). The only weapon we have to counter that is forgiveness and love, which cannot be coming from ourselves, but only from the Lord who loved us first.
Proverbs is without question one of the favorite books among Christians. It provides much wisdom from a very practical standpoint, so that we may understand and apply onto our daily life. But when we read it, we need to be extremely careful not to think that we can become righteous on our own by following these instructions. A work and merit based righteousness naturally turns into self-righteousness and spiritual pride, and none of those are God’s original intention by giving these words of wisdom. As Jesus told his disciple, all things in OT ultimately point to him. Only he can provide us the strength, the wisdom, and the love to live out those instructions in our lives. Such righteousness will be his but for us to wear.
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