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Proverbs has been called the book of Wisdom. Wisdom is a word that we see often in the 31 chapters. We can all enhance the quality and productivity of our lives by taking to heart the principles and axioms of life that we read in these pages. For example, today in chapter 13 we are given some wisdom that if followed could diminish the number of arguments and disagreements that we experience in our lives.

Proverbs 13:10

Pride only breeds quarrels,

but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Had a quarrel lately? A disagreement? What was it that caused that disagreement? Most of us would say – the fact that the other person was wrong! In our pride we believe that if everyone was just like we are – if they thought like we think – then everyone would be happy and this world would be a more wonderful place. Problem is, our pride can blind us to the truth. Our pride can keep us from being able to see the situation from another point of view. Our pride can hinder us from being able to hear a matter from another perspective . . . which may be as valid as our own. In our pride we believe that there is only one right answer to the situation – and that is our answer. But God wants us to know that kind of thinking will only fuel war. Pride only breeds quarrels.

James asks the question in the 4th chapter of his epistle, “what causes fights and quarrels among you?” His answer would seem to agree with Solomon. It is our pride. That is why James quoted what Solomon said in Proverbs 3:34. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” He goes on in verse 7 to say, “Submit yourselves then, to God.” . . . and verse 10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Wisdom says learn to listen. Wisdom says you may learn something new. Wisdom says let God vindicate the truth. Wisdom says let your attitude be full of grace – and that grace comes from the Lord as you commit everything to Him.

Lord, we want to humble ourselves before you again today – to heed the advice of the Apostle Paul, Philip. 2:4 (NIV)

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Lord, I understand that it is not about “me”; it is about You!


Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thurs. Oct. 13, 2011   Jer. 51, Psalm 89:38-52, Proverbs13, 1 Thes. 1-3

Fri.      Oct. 14, 2011   Jer. 52, Psalm 90, Prov.14, 1 Thes. 4-5

Sat.     Oct. 15, 2011   Daniel 1, Psalm 91, Prov. 15, 2 Thes.

Sun.    Oct. 16, 2011   Daniel 2, Psalm 92, Prov. 16, Acts 18

Mon.   Oct. 17, 2011   Daniel 3, Psalm 93, Prov. 17, 1 Cor. 1-2

Tues.   Oct.18, 2011   Daniel 4, Psalm 94, Prov. 18, 1 Cor. 3-4

Wed.   Oct. 19, 2011   Daniel 5, Psalm 95, Prov. 19, 1 Cor. 5-6



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