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‘Rash words are like sword thrusts…’ (Proverbs 12:18)

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me… I wonder how often we have heard this well known saying over the years – and how often we have found the exact opposite to be the case. In all too many situations emotional and mental wounds, received from harsh and hurtful words spoken by others, take so much longer to heal than any physical injury may do. Indeed, in some cases the wounds are never fully healed.

Proverbs has many verses that talk about the power of the words we speak – both good and bad. But perhaps one of the verses that we should most comes from our Lord Himself, ”’for by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned…’ (Matthew 12:37). Food for thought!

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‘The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…’ (Proverbs 11:30)

As human beings we are flawed in so many ways and despite our good intentions and best efforts we still at times act in ways that we know we shouldn’t. As a consequence, in our own right we could never be deemed as being righteous before God, therefore this wonderful promise in Proverbs would never come to fruition. However, in chapter 5 of his letter to Romans, Paul tells us that whilst we were still sinners Christ gave His life for us, reconciling us to our Father in Heaven. We are therefore justified by faith through Christ. If we hold on to Jesus Christ as our Saviour and put our faith in Him, then can enjoy the fruit of the tree of life.

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‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…’ (Proverbs 9:10)

What is wisdom and how do we ‘measure’ it? Does our IQ and intelligence have any bearing on how wise we are? What about cognitive reasoning and our ability to assess and understand specific situations? What is it that makes us wise? Well, according to Proverbs the best place to start is fear of the Lord. However, it’s worth noting that in this context the fear spoken of isn’t something that terrifies us, something that we are truly afraid of. Here the word for fear is more akin to reverence. If we revere the Lord, if we look to Him and seek to follow Him – that is the beginning of wisdom.

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‘…happy are those who keep my ways…’ (Proverbs 8:32)

These words of wisdom echo so many that we find in the book of Psalms and point to one simple truth. True happiness can only be found when we walk with the Lord – and there is nothing that can compare with this.

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‘My child, keep my words and store up my commandments with you…’ (Proverbs 7:1)

Through the Word of God and the example and teaching of our Lord we have all we need to help us through all that we face every day – and we have His Holy Spirit to help us to do so. So give thanks to the Lord for His continued presence with us and let’s seek to do exactly as the proverb states.

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‘Keep straight the path of your feet and all your ways will be sure…’ (Proverbs 4:26)

As we go through life there are many occasions when we have to choose which path to follow. At times we will choose the right path but unfortunately at other times we will choose the wrong one. How can we know though which path is the correct one to choose and how can we apply these words of wisdom from Proverbs? We look to our Lord and we follow the path that He has set before us. It might not always be easy and will not be without troubles or temptations along the way, but if we can follow the path our Lord would have us take, we are on the right path.

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‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight…’ (Proverbs 3:5)

All too often in life we wonder why ventures we have undertaken don’t always turn out as we had planned or hoped for. But if we can take a step back and then reflect upon what has happened, how often do we find that we have sought to do things in our own way, trusting in our strengths and merits instead of first taking things to the Lord. At all times and in all things, put your trust in the Lord for He will be with you at all times.

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‘…Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid…’ (Mark 6:50)

These words were spoken by Jesus to His Disciples when they became afraid when they saw Him walking on the water towards them. However, how comforting and reassuring is it for us to know they are words which our Lord speaks to us every day.

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‘I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.’ (Phil.4:13)

It’s so easy to become anxious and fearful when life throws something completely unexpected our way, when suddenly we can’t see the way ahead clearly. When those times come we need to hold on to our faith in Christ and put our trust in Him to guide us through whatever has come our way. If we can do this, there is no limit to what God can do through us.

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‘…we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him…’ (Romans 8:28)

Life is full of ups and downs – we all have good days and we all have bad days. Here Paul reminds us that no matter what kind of day we’re having, God is always with us. Give thanks today for God’s continued presence in your life and for the love He pours upon us every single day.