It’s a huge encouragement for families, especially if like us you are currently in lock-down due to COVID-19.
Here’s 14 reasons why Proverbs 18 can help us in our families
- It encourages us not to argue
v. 1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2. It encourages us to seek goodness and justice
v. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.
v. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.
v. 18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
3. It encourages us not to complain or find fault but to instead speak words of “life”
v. 6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.
v. 7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
v. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
v. 20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
v. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
4. It encourages us to seek wisdom over wealth
v. 4 The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
v. 10 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
5. It encourages us to be cheerful givers
v. 16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
6. It encourages us to pull our weight
v. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
7. It encourages us to be humble
v. 12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
8. It encourages us to build each other up
v. 14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
9. It encourages us to seek the Lord.
v.10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
v. 14 The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
10. It encourages us to listen to others before we speak or give opinions
v. 2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.
v. 13 To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.
v. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.
v. 17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
It warns against family disputes
v. 19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
11. It encourages us to be good wives (and to be good to our wives)
v. 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
12. It encourages us to listen to those with less than us
v. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
v. 23 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
13. It encourages us to be a good friend
v. 24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
14. You can read it, discuss it and pray about it all in under 10 minutes around the breakfast table!
I hope you are encouraged today by Proverbs 18. I pray that you will be encouraged to persevere with your family no matter if you are a mum, sister, daughter, Dad, brother or son.
This is part of my Proverbs 10 minute challenge series, where I attempt to read and apply a chapter of Proverbs to life in some way all in under 10 minutes. You can find the other Chapters here.
God bless you today, be encouraged, the Lord is with you!
Lots of love,