As our time of reading the book of Proverbs comes to an end, I can look back and see that it was filled with personal daily life applications. Just like in the previous weeks, I am narrowing the lessons down to just a few that really stood out to me. Let’s take a look at the last few chapters of Proverbs and see what we can apply to our lives.
I have enjoyed reading through Proverbs these last few months. One plus was that since we were reading a chapter a day, I knew exactly how much I was going to read each day. I liked the set plan, but I have to say that I am looking forward to getting back to receiving life applications from true Biblical stories.
- Proverbs 28:23
- Rebuke or constructive criticism may not be well received or appreciated at the time it is given. However, it can lead to positive results. After the results come, the one who was rebuked should be thankful for the advice.
- Flattery on the other hand makes a person feel good for the moment. In the long run, the person does not learn or get better; it doesn’t help them.
- Proverbs 29:8 – How we respond to a situation can either calm it down or escalate it.
- Don’t let feelings of anger, power, superiority, or pride cause you to get into a battle with someone because you want to have control or be right.
- Real power and control is when a person who could “lord it over someone” calms the situation instead of inflaming it.
- I have seen many situations in my profession where an adult in authority got angry (not that it wasn’t warranted) with a disrespectful youth. Some adults gave into the anger and the situation got out of hand, while others who were just as angry took control and power by calming the situation. The latter took more strength, and it was more effective.
- The real power is in having authority and calming the situation.
Other Verses in Proverbs with This Life Application:
- Prov. 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath.
- Prov. 15:18 – One slow to anger calms strife.
- Prov. 16:32 – Patience is better than power.
- Prov. 19:11 – Insight gives patience/virtue is to overlook an offense (Sounds like Grace & Mercy to me.)
- Prov. 20:3 – Honor belongs to the person who ends a dispute.
- Prov. 25:15 – A ruler can be persuaded through patience, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. (Powerful!)
- Prov. 25:21-22 – If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. (This is hard to do, but it can lead to repentance, and the relationship could possibly be fixed.)
- Proverbs 30:8-9
- With everything there should be a balance.
- There is nothing wrong with having wealth. However, wealth should be seen as a blessing. We have to guard against being proud, boastful, or self-sufficient.
- Remember where your ability and opportunities to be successful come from – the Lord.
Godly Wisdom from the Book of Luke
When I read this verse in Proverbs, it reminds me of part of the Lord’s Prayer:
“Give us each day our daily bread.”
The same concept seems to be true in this verse as well. This true wisdom came from Jesus!
Life Application in Bible Study
If you are on this Bible study journey with me, I have gone back to the New Testament and started reading the Book of Acts. It is still early in this new study of Biblical truths and life applications in Acts – I am just starting the 2nd chapter now. I look forward to what we will learn in God’s Word – Acts.
I would love for you to join me weekly as we read the Word to find life applications to use each day. Please share your insights as well.
Life Application Resources
If you have joined me recently, these weekly life applications from the Bible are examples of some of the comments I write in the Bibles I am giving to my grandchildren when they graduate from high school. Click here to see the post where I explain this eternal gift idea.
The rose colored Bible is the one I am using for my youngest granddaughter, and I really love it! The brown study Bible is the one Jay uses.
I pray these weekly life applications help you in everyday life. Please share any encouragement and lessons you have learned this week. I would love to hear your thoughts.
“Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105