There were a number of well known proverbs in our passage today, but a few others caught my eye as I read our passage....
Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life
Our culture does not value the elderly. We don't view them as productive, and therefore they must be useless. What a waste! The elderly have so much to teach us. Though age does not always equal wisdom, age does provide years of experience from which to draw wisdom. And, as the saying goes, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We can learn from their mistakes and from their experience. We can also learn from their stories. Jesus spoke in parables often because we are drawn to them and they are an excellent teaching tool. When we ignore or marginalize the elderly we are missing out on a treasure trove.
Of course, the elderly aren't only to be treated with respect because of what they can teach us. The elderly, like all humanity (including the handicapped, the unborn, the less than) have value not because of what they do, but because they are made in the image of God and He has declared them worthy through His death and resurrection.
Another common theme in today's proverbs is the importance of taming the tongue, of using it for good instead of evil. A great reminder for me!
Our Titus passage contains another one of my favourite passages.....
3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
What a beautiful description of the gospel message. We all were once all those awful things, until Christ. Until Christ. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift of mercy and grace!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Proverbs 19-21; Hebrews 1