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Proverbs about Wisdom
Proverbs are not just the collection of poems, verses, phrases or other writings that give lessons, reminders and advice to the believers.  We can say that this book is our personal and spiritual mentor. King Solomon wrote majority of the proverbs and compiled after many centuries by King Hezekiah.  King Hezekiah many believe he was the one mentioned as Lemuel in Proverbs 31. King Solomon prayed to God to give him wisdom instead of asking material things.  God heard his voice and instead of just wisdom, God gave him knowledge and understanding. He was and is  the wisest and wealthiest person living at that time and he shared that wisdom  through his writings.

When we meditate on the book of Proverbs, we  would feel the inspiration it gives to our soul. Imagine acquiring  advice and learning  not only from the wisest and richest person, like King Solomon,  but  his wisdom that God gave him is also being shared with us. This inspired book of Proverbs will never have an end.  It teaches good moral and right conduct.  What else would the children need to learn from their parents? This is a good advice for parents in rearing their child to learn in their early age, the importance of having moral values, behavior and attitude that will bring the true meaning of human life.

Solomon said when he was in advance age, that there is nothing new under the sun; that you can have all the wealth in the world, but at the end, those things will be owned by somebody else that did not even have any effort nor was involved in acquiring that wealth.  “Life is vanity, life is vanity he said” meaning the life is meaningless. Does he mean the same question that many ask?  Why are we here today and gone tomorrow?  Is that the cry of the soul that no matter how much you want to cling to life, the spirit is going to depart somehow?  Those with miserable life could probably have a different message. In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, when Juliet said goodnight to Romeo, she said; “parting is such sweet sorrow”, which is a combination of joy and sadness.  Sad because they are going to say goodbye but joy because it gives them hope that they will see each other again.  When King Solomon finally ended his grievance about life, he still believed that life was meaningless without God.   

Proverb is about wisdom when we meditate about the verses of this book. It will give us joy to learn how to live our lives.  We must pray to God and ask to give us wisdom as what King Solomon did. God gives wisdom to the wise and the wisest thing to do is to turn to God and submit to Him wholeheartedly, and by doing that, He will do the rest.  Walk by faith and not but sight; faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. To hear the voice of God is through His written word—The Bible

The goodness of the Scripture is that it comes very active, true and progressive. When we study and meditate on it, we will feel the difference.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 3:13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.
Proverbs 6:25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.
Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Proverbs 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 12:11 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Proverbs 15:25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.
Proverbs 15:16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
Proverbs 24:3-4 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge is rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
Proverbs 26:27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instructions.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Be a blessing to others and in return God will bless you. Acknowledge Him and He will acknowledge you.
I will bless those who bless you says the LORD of Host


Proverbs about Trust in God
Keep our faith; keep God in our heart.  We stumble sometimes, but it is not the end of our relationship with Him. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Our journey in life is full of struggles and when time is so tough it doesn’t mean that He already left us.  When He said that He will not leave us nor forsake us, He means it.  Life needs patience and just let the spinning wheel go around and one day we would see ourselves full of joy.  When we are down, God will lift us up and when we keep that hope in our  heart,  faith follows. We must trust in the Lord always and after loneliness happiness follows.

Our commitment is necessary and the Holy Spirit within us will lead us until our soul meets the joy of His presence.  Nothing is impossible to God.  We must believe and humbly submit ourselves and we will feel and discover the difference of having a faithful God full of mercy and grace. That is the Truth.

Pray and meditate:
Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; an all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Proverbs 8:35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 13:15 Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Proverbs 24:10 If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength.
Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Proverbs about Love
Money can buy many things in life; a material source that provides us to enjoy life.  We work hard for the money because we want our love ones to enjoy life, to go places, to buy the things and the foods they want and to give them a better future. We do these, all because of love.  Money doesn’t grow on trees or found on the streets, we have to work for it.  We also have to work for love and it’s not hard to find it through God.   God is always ready and waiting for us to come to Him,   He already called us but maybe we just do not hear Him because our life is busy looking for other things.  We are busy working for money and socializing.  There are so many ways that we may have missed His call, but maybe because our heart is not focused spiritually to find a real love. God’s love is a one true love that would fill the emptiness in our heart that money cannot buy.  God is the missing link and to get a complete joy in our lives that no person or money can give us.  In order to achieve a complete joy of our soul and satisfaction of our body, it is only through Him.

Come to God with a pure and honest heart and start a humble beginning with Him. God alone is the answer and the missing link between God and us is Love which is the greatest of the entire commandments. This is confirmed by the Son Jesus which is written in Matthew 10; 22. Jesus gave a clear answer: All the things that we can do is to obey in the name of Love; to love God wholly, fully and with all our hearts, soul and mind. To love our neighbors as we love God, meaning more than ourselves it is a humble way to be obedient to the commandments of love. Because God is love and that is why we are able to love.  If we possess God’s wisdom and trust in Him we can never twist the meaning of love and respect and it becomes easier to digest.

If we say that we love everything around us such as: our cars, money, job, homes, family, friends, children, distant relatives; actually we cannot mix all of them in one basket and call it love. It is not the same and we have to separate them. When we interpret it and then analyze it, we will find out the difference between Likes and Love.  The same thing we do between wants and needs; but we don’t love any of them in the same way.  Maybe it is appropriate to apply respect and maybe it is just Likes.  If we apply wisdom, we will understand what love really means.  It has lost its meaning entirely now it has been found and thank God for this truth.
 

Real love comes from the heart and not the feelings that we get from temporary comfort, our companionship that is mistakenly identified as relationship.  Sometimes, feeling of protection and security for some kind of fear is not really love at all. Love is a feeling being processed by our heart in connection with God to be more valuable than ourselves; to others love is a feeling with emotions that needs to be processed as the understanding of give and take reaction of two or more individuals. Love gives joy and not just happiness and living both of this love will glorify God.

Jesus makes it clear and simple that the Ten Commandments that were passed from Moses to this time make it easy to accomplish.  We can correct the error in our Christian living, like the way we walk and talk, act and react but we cannot perfectly and totally fulfill the Law of God due to our imperfection.  Due to the grace and authority of Jesus Christ given to Him by the Father to adopt the commandments of Love is the same as obeying the Ten Commandments given to Moses for the sons of Abraham.  We are under grace brought by Jesus the Son and no longer under the Law brought by Moses. How can we miss one and be guilty of all when we only have one which is the greatest of them all—Love.

Our imperfection causes us to fail.  We sin as soon as we walk up and sin even before bedtime.  We have sinned against God in our daily walk.  Our  thought is cluttered with the dirt of the unseen; the Word being ignored while busy doing the task of darkness; and the work we have to display as a walking advertisement of a godly worker has been covered by the deed of the unknown.  We do the work that this world offers for the day and do what we need to do to spread the true meaning of life, the purpose and will of God.  All the good things we have to do every day but every day we leave it undone. We must draw near to go God and He will draw Himself near to us.

Meditate— Love is the most wonderful and splendor thing. When we practice it every day then we feel the gladness in our heart and our soul.

Proverbs 3:3-4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, and write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 8:17 Love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 11:17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
Proverbs 11:20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 31:8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Proverbs 31:10 A wife of noble character who can find, She is worth far more than rubies.
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Bible verses about forgiveness
True forgiveness comes from the heart and not from the mouth.  When somebody wronged us, or we wronged somebody, we   always say that we forgive that person and likewise.  However, deep in our hearts we still feel the pain of not being forgiven and not being forgiving, give the same burden both from the giver and the receiver until forgiveness is personally being rendered and granted, then there will be no more trace of the ill feelings. It takes pride not to apologize and the Bible doesn’t teach that way. The soul gives us the feelings but somehow the heart has great influence in our mind. The mind has the ability to store old memories. Our senses have access to activate something what is in our mind though we say many times that once you forgave someone you have to forget it and reliving the pain it has done only do more harm than good. The only reason that we are able to forgive others is because God forgave us first. In reality human only forgive when he forgets.

Many said that when we harbor bitterness in our heart then we have an unforgiving heart. I cannot completely understand unless otherwise I start to interpret and analyze and brings me to draw a conclusion that an unforgiving heart actually is not the heart itself but our soul as a whole that has the capacity to be an unforgiving or to be an unforgivable soul.  Our Heart can only store love and there is no room for being an unforgiving because when the heart forgives,  it is a done deal and it goes to the mind after it was forgiven and the mind supposed to digest it, but most of the time the mind keeps it to be available in future use.  When our heart remains undecided then the mind has nothing to digest or store. Whatever is in our heart, the mouth speaks and there is no doubt that before we speak it out, it passes through the mind.

If eyes are use for seeing and beauty is an excuse for being, what does it tells you?  Irrelevant response for forgiveness?  Being a soul is an excuse of being a human that makes more mistakes than right.  Even when we twist everything around,  human is a soul in its entirety with borrowed vessels so we can live in this earth created for human existence. When we see and feel the beauty it will bring of having forgiving heart, we will experience the joy of being in heaven.  Forgiveness comes from God and when we forgive others that is an earthly reflection of God.  When Jesus Christ was on the cross, He asked forgiveness for  those who sinned for they do not know what they are doing.  How great God is and Jesus the Son of God who showed that His love stays even in times of pain and sufferings. True forgiveness must not be relived.  Reliving it only shows weakness and forgetting all about it is our  strength.  Pride doesn’t make us great but humbleness does. Let us  go of the pride and forgive those who sinned you and stay with healthy relationship both with the Father and the Son.

Many of us said they forgive and forget, but they never truly forgive if the offense against that person is  still active. Imagine if God will never forgive us because we sin continually,  where would we be?  Do we want to stay here on earth and deal with the struggle the world gives every day?  Some may say that they prefer to perish and have nothing to do with future life.  Easy to say, but do you think it will be that easy without forgiveness?  An easy exit from sin is to be forgiven.  Just ask with swallowed pride and submit with humility. Jesus is why we don’t want to hold on anything that will hinder our passage to heaven; Jesus reconciled us to God and should be the pattern to draw near to God.  He is worthy to be called the Son of God our 2nd and last Adam; Our Brother.

Let us pray. God helps us heal our sinful body from head to toe, our souls as a whole and our hearts that we offer unto you for cleansing and for forgiveness. We humble ourselves before you and we acknowledge you as our all in all and proclaiming that we are nothing without you. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit we celebrate the Trinity to be true.
Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Proverbs 14:29 “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Proverbs 16:32 “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Proverbs 17:9 “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
Proverbs 25:21 “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,”
Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
Proverbs 28:9 “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”
Proverbs 29:23 “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.”


 
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