Proverbs 10:12

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

  • Notice that there is no reference to hatred covering offenses or love causing strife. Reconciliation between you and others, and you and God, will happen when love is your focus. Retaining hatred will guarantee you stress, anger, unrest, and loneliness. Hate is a choice you make, but love is a gift from God. You can choose love from God or choose to hate, but you cannot have both.
  • Will you choose love, or will you choose hatred?
  • Will you choose to forgive, or will you choose to bear grudges?

Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Proverbs 15:16

“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.” Which of your earthly treasures are you willing to give up to be closer to God?

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Proverbs 15:13

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” Does your face reveal a heart that is a testimony to the greatness of Jesus Christ?

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Proverbs 15:1

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” We have total control of how we talk to others. We must choose to either honor God or to remain prideful and self-righteous. May God be glorified in our responses. Do your answers induce anger or turn people from it? Matthew 12:34 “…..For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Proverbs 14:10 “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” Proverbs 15:28 “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” James 1:19-20 “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Dear Lord, please guide us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

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Proverbs 14:32

“The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.” Finding refuge in your death will only occur through Jesus Christ.   Will you find refuge in your death?

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Proverbs 14:21

“Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.” Sin is the attitude that starts long before the action.

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Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Not allowing God to lead often leads to some of our greatest disappointments and wasted efforts, however, submitting to His will, always brings peace and joy. Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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