An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Check Your Bite

(Proverbs 25:23 KJV)  The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

In the last election cycle there was a cute saying that was being passed around and attributed to Einstein.  It went something like this,
“Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.”
I think we can all find ways to apply this politically, often in opposite directions.  Here, in Proverbs, we are being reminded that some patterns are obvious.  You can predict what is going to happen based on what you have observed and experienced.

It is easy for us to see “backbiting” (5643a) in others.  What is needed is the maturity to see it in ourselves.  It might be a different behavior but it still needs to be detected and corrected.  Often we are not seeing how we treat other people because we tend to say, “Oh, that is just the way I am.” 

If you can say that, maybe it is time to change.

So?  I don’t know you.  You do.  Take an honest look at how you treat others.  Are you the north wind of someone’s life?  Ask God to help you see and change. 

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