Proverbs 4-17-18

Home is one of the hardest places to be godly, yet it’s the best place to practice being like Christ.

Proverbs 17:1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

Using this verse as a lens, let’s look at several other verses in this chapter:

[3] The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

God’s tests are not to show Him what is there (He already knows!), but to bear His goodness and reflect His glory. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that we have been given everything we need to live a godly life (His Spirit).

[6] Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are [meant to be] the pride of their children.

Let’s work hard to make it so in our families. Integrity is key: Be faithful to the LORD especially when you’re alone and everyone will be proud of you.

[9] He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

We must practice blessing others even when they don’t deserve it. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:44 to love our “enemies” (even those in our own household) and to pray for them. So, if we need to say anything about them to someone, let’s talk to the LORD!

[14] Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

We know each other’s buttons. REFRAIN FROM PUSHING THEM. Practice self-control. Let it go…

Several of the other verses are relatable, but let’s jump to the last two:

[27] A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. [28] Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

We don’t have to share everything we know (I’m still learning this one), so wait until the Spirit says it’s okay (He usually has someone ask for my opinion). Often times, someone else will share my opinion; other times, by waiting, I have time to phrase it correctly. Timing is everything. Also, by waiting, I can handle my emotions better (I tend to get passionate about things). Praying before I speak is KEY.

Let’s be instrumental in making our homes a pleasant place to be, a sanctuary rather than a battleground. Swimming with sharks is stressful at best…

Psalms 133:1-3

How good and pleasant it is when brothers [families] live together in unity!

[2] It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

[3] It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there [our homes] the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

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