Read Proverbs 15-16 before reading today’s message.
“We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.”
While reading Proverbs 15-16, I was brought back to the days of learning about the Golden Rule in elementary school. “Treat others how you want to be treated” or “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Matthew 7:12. Solomon reminds us that we need to extend our faith to show others a personal relationship with Christ, and to show His kindness through us to others.
Proverbs 15 is a helpful reminder to direct our thoughts and actions back to Christ when we seem to go astray from thinking and acting Christ-like:
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare”
Proverbs 15: 1 NLT
“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash”
Proverbs 15: 14 NLT
“The Lord detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words”
Proverbs 15: 26 NLT
“The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words”
Proverbs 15: 28 NLT
And, perhaps my most favorite out of the entire chapter:
“A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate”
Proverbs 15:17 NLT
It’s the small moments with our loved ones that make life so memorable, right?
Ladies, I think the big take away from this lesson is thinking before speaking or, better yet, thinking and deciding, “Is this pleasing to the Lord or will I be filled with regret over the words about to come out of my mouth?” —then speaking. Many times we are reminded that we are to be an example of Christ’s children by how we treat others. Being a thoughtful Christian extends more from how we interact with God. but is exemplified in how we treat our friends, loved ones, enemies, and strangers.
The Lord wishes for us to be “hungry for knowledge.” This knowledge is more than what’s written in textbooks and found in class lectures, but it’s knowledge on how to be more generous and giving people. Being thoughtful with your actions can do so much more good than leading with a broken and wicked self. You never know how much you can give to others by stepping in and offering your helping hand!
Go out and be thoughtful Christians! Today, your kindness will light up someone’s heart. Be hungry to do more for others!
Featured image by Greg Raines