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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pass the Salt

(Proverbs 27:9 KJV)  Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

In Matthew Henry’s Commentary verses 9 and 10 are lumped together.  When I read them as a unit I noticed that my frame of reference changed.  Verse 9 by itself seems to be talking about how our friends can make our life better.  Verse 10 seems to focus on how we support our friends.  This is another case of both/and instead of either/or.

I have a tendency to look at things through the paradigm of my experiences and feelings.  That is natural.  I can’t get inside your head.  I can’t really feel your pain.  The problem is when we get locked there and refuse to come out.  We become narcissistic. 

So?  We are called to be “oil” (8081) and “perfume” (7004) to the hearts of others.  That is what Jesus meant when he talked about being the salt of the earth.  Although we can be strengthened by others, out ultimate inner power comes from grace and the work of the Holy Spirit.  We are supposed to pass it on. 

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