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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

23 Bible verse about success

Proverbs, practical applications

Proverbs practical applications


In this post, we touch on the power of your tongue by expounding on a few biblical references about wealth and success. We also touch briefly on bible verses to do with politics and the expectations for Christians in regard to the political field.


“Gold there is and rubies in abundance but lips that speak knowledge are a rare vessel”. There will always be many richer people, than wise people


Power of words Proverbs 10:6-14
Our speech has the power to reward and change ourselves and others. All blessings come from God, but they are mediated through a human agent and this entails people praying for God's blessings on the righteous. They are praying for those who go through life with an open hand.

Violence overcomes the mouth of the wicked. The bad words of the wicked invite violence to stop them. It comes back on them thus destroying them. Love draws a veil over everything (meaning that tenderness and forgiveness is always on the minds and lips of those who love). Where there is dissension, hatred (harshness and a lack of love) is normally in the background causing it. Whatever you say is intentionally misunderstood and it stirs up strife.

Tissot- Son of the vineyard, Matthew 25:33-46
Son of the vineyard, Matthew 25:33-46



Whenever there is love, a veil is drawn over your faults and whatever is wrongly done is only an incident and not deemed intrinsic to character.  If you want to know whether you are hated or at least where there is no love, then your every action will be considered a character trait; there is no veil of love.

It is a way of speaking that will help the other person and give them life or damage the other person for life, which is actually violence against them.

Proverbs 11:30 , Proverbs 18:20-21 The power of life and death

“You eat what you speak”. A reckless person’s words pierce like knives/swords. God calls us to love and not to be right. Choose love and not to be right; not to win or to domineer.

Limitations of words. Words should be accompanied by deeds. Faltering in deeds is to show yourself as being lax and entails cowardice, fear, indolence, carelessness, and a lack of resolute strength 

Characteristics of wise speech

We use the mnemonic BREATH. Its stands for:

B- Boast not. Never boast about tomorrow, for we know not what it will bring. Self-praise exalts the self and thus destroys relationships

R- Restrained. Restrain yourself from starting a quarrel, for it is like breaching a dam

E- No Gossiping. Be prudent and keep the knowledge to yourself

A-  Apt

T- Thoughtful

H- Honest

So if you have Gentle BREATH in speaking, you know to speak softly, gently, kindly, and sensitively to the other person.

Strozzi- Guardian angel, Matthew 18:10-14

Parable of the Guardian angel, Matthew 18:10-14



Love covers all wrongs. 
An understanding person heals a broken relationship by maintaining an appropriate silence, even when wronged. Do not speak or gossip to other people on the matter.

When you weigh up what to say, it implies self-control and being considerate. Wickedness is not concerned with the other's well-being. The wicked are rash; the loving are gentle and self-controlled.

Sources of good speech

·      These come from the heart

·      Useful to judge the character of the person

·      Spend time with the wise and in time become wise

As you come to weigh your words, and thus speech, you gain an ability to quickly assess the characters of others simply by how they speak. This is a very useful quality for assessing character, even as people try to hide theirs.

What is the biblical view of politics?

Wisdom gives one social skill of know-how, in order to relate both to people and to God. Politics as per proverbs is meant to eschew wickedness in society, by using wisdom over the wicked, whose ethics are derived from what is right in their own eyes and whose morals may include killing the innocent.

Ethics does not set absolute values, but religion does. Ethics in itself has no authority. If there is no God, then there are no absolute standards and this thus allows for relativism.

 Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines relativism as roughly put, the view that truth and falsity, right and wrong, standards of reasoning, and procedures of justification are products of differing conventions and frameworks of assessment and that their authority is confined to the context-giving rise to them.

If you read the above between the lines, it's essentially saying that ethics are situational, and thus change depending on the context. Christianity however sets absolute standards where ethics are concerned, regardless of the context.

So what type of ethical government will govern us as a people? It will either be the value and ethics of scripture or the values and ethics of the pragmatic person, who has no absolute right or wrong; one could say the ethics of common sense rather than the ethics of Christianity.

Relative values are always determined by consequences of what gives one pleasure, and what is right in one’s own eyes; this is unlike Christian ethics, which we believe come directly from God in the Pentateuch. Whether we like them or not is irrelevant;  we simply consider them absolute.

Watts- Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37 

Parable of the Good Samaritan





POLITICS AND THE BIBLE

Separation of church and state. 
Government should not interfere with the people's right to worship, however as a Christian country our ethics are based on Christ as should the values espoused by the government. Christians belong first to the Kingdom of God and second to the state. It is incumbent upon us to take from the Kingdom of God and apply it to the state

God gave rulers the sword and the power to uphold righteousness. The government restrains anarchy and evil. If the government represents God, then it has the authority of God behind it. But if it steps out from under God, then it has no real authority behind it and should be challenged. Even at home, if the parents disobey God, then the children can disobey the parents.

Why get involved in politics? 

It is inevitable and inescapable. In a democracy, we all rule and exercise our rule through the ballot. Politics is a form of spiritual war, all aimed at restraining evil; if we do not vote, we inadvertently vote for the wicked. 

Finally, the world is full of fools, mockers, sluggards, and the like, who will continue to have their cake and eat it if the community of believers fails to participate in Politics. We must participate in government because it is there to establish righteousness. Christian political activity is salt and light in a depraved world; we should thus be involved in politics.

 Wainwright- Wise and Foolish Virgins Matt 25:1-13

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins Matt 25:1-13



Conclusion

We pray and hope that you have enjoyed this short book on certain practical aspects of proverbs. We encourage you to practice, as without it you can derive no benefit.

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God bless you and we pray that this short read has been useful to you.

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