Reading Proverbs turns on the lamps in the dark corners of life.
~Max Lucado's Life Lessons Study Bible~
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger;
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
There are many plans in a man's heart.
Nevertheless the Lord's counsel - that will stand.
The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets.
Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
To do righteous and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
When are actions and motives pleases God, we experience greater measures of peace. This does not mean that we are perfect, we will never be perfect in our own power. Those of us who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior and believe in our heart that His death and resurrection positions us to abide in Him and live a victorious life understand that our spiritual growth is a ongoing process.