Pathways Through Proverbs
January 13, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 13
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Following Scripture Verses
- A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
- A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
- He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
- The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
- A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
- Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
- The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
- The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
- Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
- Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
- The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
- Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
- A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
- Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
- The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
- Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
- A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
- Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
- He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
- The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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The first phrase of verse ten makes a very simple yet profound observation. Solomon states that the root cause of contention is always pride. Let's think about this for a minute. First of all, the statement must be true because God's Word says it. But second, if we will be honest, we will admit that we know this to be true in our own lives. If my wife an I are having discord, it is because at least one of us is unwilling to do what is right. Why don't we do what we should? Pride! When someone in Christian love shows me sin in my life and it turns into an argument, is it not because I am too proud to admit that he is correct? Pride causes one spouse to fight with another in order to get his or her way. Pride keeps a child from surrendering his will to his parents. Pride keeps employers and employees from working together. Pride keeps two church members from settling their differences in a Biblical manner. Pride keeps churches from having the harmony that the Lord wants them to have. It is indeed the root of contention.
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The next time you are having conflict with someone, or you are estranged from a fellow church member or former friend, particularly a brother in Christ, ask yourself if part of the problem is your pride. Are you too stubborn to admit that he is right? Are you too prideful to ask forgiveness? Are you so full of yourself that you are unwilling to make things right with your brother? Are you so arrogant that you are unwilling to search yourself to see if the problem rests with you?
Solomon says that contention only comes because of someone's pride. Is it yours?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery