Shades of White

A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. Proverbs 12:17

Compromise is easy, isn’t it? Gray areas are the norm. Black and white are easier to distinguish but harder to implement.

As Believers we’re tempted more than than we care to admit to shade that white area with a slight falsehood or untruth or half truth or selective facts.

Yes, there are many gray areas, but where it’s not gray, we need to tell the truth.

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Our Hands

From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. Proverbs 12:14

For those of us who dwell in the online world, making things with our hands seems so foreign and outdated. After all, we have machines to do all that, don’t we? But there’s something to be said for the ability God gives us to do things with our hands.

Obviously Solomon was addressing an audience who knew exactly what he meant because they probably worked with their hands more than most of us do. Nonetheless, the spirit of what he’s saying here can be summed up in something else he wrote: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Close Watch on the Tongue

An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble. Proverbs 12:13

Have you as a Believer ever “walked right into” something you just knew would be difficult to get out of. Normally I realize it as it’s coming out of my mouth, and by then it’s too late to do anything about it. So the principle in today’s verse isn’t exactly reserved for the evil man. Though to be fair, when you “walk right into it” you may not be saying anything sinful; it may merely be saying something unkind or the words come out wrong or something totally unintentional.

We do need to keep a close watch over what we say because we do say some hurtful things, and often without meaning it. In fact, it’s a prayer that we should be praying daily because of the tendency we have of blurting things out.

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Rooted in Righteousness

The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes. Proverbs 12:12

When you’re rooted and grounded in righteousness, you will flourish. When you’re doing the things you need to be doing (and typically you know what they are; I am here simply to remind you), then you will flourish. You don’t always see the fruit of your labor, but rest assured it will be there. In other words, keep doing what you’ve been doing even though it’s not exciting or earth-shattering.

A good way to see almost immediate results from your righteous acts is to refresh or encourage someone today. It doesn’t take much to do it, but somebody will benefit for today and days to come. Think it through, plan it well, and you will reap the benefit of knowing that you brought someone to a higher level than they were yesterday.

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Chasing Dreams and Abundant Food

He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. Proverbs 12:11

Are you diligent in the things you do to earn a living? Do you slack when the boss isn’t looking? Do you dream of a better life? If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we can answer yes to all of those questions, and possibly they’ve occurred simultaneously on occasion.

Pray that you will be motivated to do your work even when you don’t feel like it or you don’t feel motivated. Times are tough and employers are looking at ways to cut, so be careful out there. Don’t give your employer any reason to cut you except that they can no longer afford you. Pray that you will do everything as unto the Lord and rejoice in your chosen field of work.

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