Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Proverbs 15 - Cause and Effect

LINK: Proverbs 15

BACKGROUND (written in 2008)

I was listening in on my kids' co-op class today while I was meditating on Proverbs 15. The instructor was teaching cause and effect, and I looked down at this chapter, and it was practically all about cause and effect!!! I made a list of good causes/effects versus bad causes/effects. It was interesting to look at it this way.

CAUSE...........................................................................................EFFECT

Gentle answer......................................................................Turns away wrath
but
Harsh word..............................................................................Stirs up anger


Foolish mouth.............................................................................Gushes folly
but
Wise tongue...................................................................Commends knowledge


Deceitful tongue...................................................................Crushes the spirit
but
Healing tongue...........................................................................Tree of life

Prudent...............................................................................Heeds correction
but
Fool..........................................................................Spurns father's discipline

Righteous house.......................................................................Great treasure
but
Wicked house..................................................................Income brings trouble

Wise lips...........................................................................Spreads knowledge
but
Fools heart..............................................................Does not spread knowledge

You get the idea. You see the pattern. Which pattern do you choose?

APPLICATION

Make a list for the rest of the chapter (15:8 - 33). Pray about any patterns of behavior that are not pleasing to God.

PRAYER

Lord, please make us be wise and prudent in the path we take. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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