Lately I’ve been trying to read the chapter from Proverbs that corresponds to that day of the month. Works great since there are 31 chapters in Proverbs! :) I’m always convicted by many of the simple yet powerful nuggets of wisdom and knowledge and instruction laid out in this book of the bible.
I thought I would share with you just a couple proverbs from yesterday the 17th that really stood out for me this time around, to help write this in my memory and to hopefully encourage and help others as well.
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Definitely teaches me again to keep my soul hoping, trusting in, and praising the Lord for true lasting joy that I can’t get anywhere or from anyone else! To remember that my joy is not only for myself, but to help and love others. And when joy is shared… isn’t it so much sweeter?
And I’m slowly — yes, very very slowly at times! — learning to restrain my quick tongue (oh so quick!!) to only say that which is encouraging and loving to others, building them up. Ephesians 4:29 fits right in here: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
I plan to memorize Eph 4:29 so it can be written on my heart and the Holy Spirit can remind me of it, to help me in my time of struggle to practice loving others by building them up (not tearing them down, which I seem to be so good at with my husband!).
I’m so thankful for God’s word today, for providing us with such simple yet soul-penetrating words of wisdom!