Just a few verses among the many that Proverbs brings you to consider…
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, & a gentle tongue can break through a bone.
This verse speaks directly to me. I often recognize in me how little patience I have & how quickly the volume of my voice rises (especially with my kids). If I were to be less quick to get frustrated, rather taking the time to teach instead of expecting things of them that as kids they need to learn, they would feel less frustrated & the situation would become positive instead of negative. I don't want people to yell at me & can imagine that someone would respond better if I spoke with gentleness too.
When someone admits a sin with remorse or we hear a testimony of someone who has received forgiveness, we don't look at that person with disgust but rather with compassion & grace. Why, then, is it so hard to admit to our own mistakes & sins? (sadly our pride often gets in the way) Without acknowledging our mistakes, it's hard to learn from them.
I find, for myself, that it's easy to just kind of throw away the thought that I really sinned on any given day (I mean, I didn't steal anything, I didn't swear or even call someone a bad name, etc). However, if I'm really honest with myself & take time to consider my actions & thoughts, it can be a little overwhelming how short I fell. How often did I raise my voice, how often did I think something of someone else that wasn't gracious, etc? I need to take time to recognize my failings & God will show me mercy. Only once I have acknowledged them can I change my ways & prosper in my walk with God.
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
It is so easy to go about my day, making decisions & feeling that I have everything under control. There's a degree of pride in feeling like we can do it on our own. However, our limited vantage point cannot always direct us to the right path (we can't always clearly see or predict the consequences of our choices). We need to depend on God & seek his direction to know that we are not making decisions with less than 20/20 vision.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 29-31