Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

Are You Contentious? October 24, 2009

Filed under: devotional,Family Life,Teen Tips — womenembracingfaith @ 2:45 am

Thinking about Proverb 21 today?  What about 21:9?

“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.”

or 21:19..

“Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.”

Ask yourself:  What does this mean?

To be contentious is to strive or quarrel…to be in conflict; in discord…to be belligerent.  Notice in verse 19, anger is added.  It is all about verbal strife with an undertone of anger.

This kind of “communicating” ruins a home.  You’re better off getting out of the house!  It would be true of anyone, but in this case, an angry, argumentive woman is singled out.

In verse 23, everyone is urged to guard his mouth–whether male or female.  And in v. 24, a man who is haughty and proud is singled out for his arrogant pride.

Of course, the point is the arrogant pride, not the male vs. female.

The root of this home’s problem is pride.  That has to be faced and turned from–rooted out, so to speak, and then the arguing and strife can be stopped.  And if there are two of you ruled by this SELF- LOVE, then the home is ready to explode.

Being contentious just reveals your own arrogance.  Stop it; then go further and love others more than yourself.

My, we need a Savior’s righteousness don’t we?

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October 21, 2009

Filed under: applications — womenembracingfaith @ 12:50 am

Which Proverb did you decide to make your own today?  To chew on…to meditate about…to apply to your life today?

What about:

“Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”  Proverbs 20:1

or….

“The lazy man will not plow because it is winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.”  20:4

or….

“It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.”  20:3

or a political statement:

“Mercy and truth preserve the King, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.” 20:28

Are you drinking too much, not working enough, braced for a fight, or failing to expect honesty, mercy, and tenderness in your leaders?

 

Chewing on A Proverb October 18, 2009

Filed under: applications,Teaching Tips — womenembracingfaith @ 2:58 am

The Proverbs are simple and short.  But, they require us to think about the Bible’s themes in order to get their meaning right.  You have to have those themes firmly in your mind or you’ll miss the point of the proverb–and therefore, apply it wrongly to your life.

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.”  Proverbs 16:6
The LORD referred to here is the God of  all Creation who keeps his promises, and is in personal relationship with individuals He has known intimately and loved from eternity past.  You must get this biblical theme right or you will misunderstand this proverb.  It is all over the Bible–from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to David to Isaiah to Jeremiah to Peter to Paul to you and I.  Ephesians 1 sums it up.  Romans 1-8 explains it in detail.

Since salvation is never about our doing or being good enough to qualify for God’s love, the steadfast love and faithfulness is that of Jesus Christ.  He fulfilled His promise to die for those whom His father had given Him.  So our sins were paid for, blotted out, made irrelevant.  They no longer block our relating to God!  John 3:16 says it all.  Someone might even die for a good man, but Christ Jesus died for us who are always missing the mark and going astray.  That is why its all about grace–favor we have not merited or earned in any way.

But, the other side of the coin–man’s responsibility–is here contrasted with God’s choice and rule.   “…by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.”

Who wants to ruin a great relationship?  Fear of offending this ONE who has sought us out, set His love upon us, died for us causes us to clean up our act.  To repent, to turn aside from doing or saying or being something that would cause Him shame or that He would disapprove.

Read the rest of chapter 16 and pick out what most applies to you right now.  Turn aside from it, practice what is good.  For me, it is:

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb…”

Which verses most hit you today?  Your responsibility is to turn aside from evil because of  how faithful and loving God is to you.

See how you think and chew something over?  You must keep coming back to biblical themes.

You and your children and your grandchildren need to be taught how to do this for their good and for God’s glory. How would you teach this to a six year old?  More about that later.

 

Habits That Build Homes October 16, 2009

Filed under: applications,Family Life — womenembracingfaith @ 1:50 am

Here is an easy way to keep reading the Bible in a way that applies it to your everyday life:

Take the day of the month and find the chapter in Proverbs for that day.  Read the chapter for wise living principles.  Then pick out one that really hits you and think about it all day.  Chew on it as time and activity allow. Ask yourself, how can I improve my life by implementing this into my personal and family life?

Proverbs are practical, helpful, and short.  Teens respond well to them for those reasons.  I used to keep a book of Proverbs on top of the refrigerator where it was handy.  As the girls passed thru the kitchen, I’d read one quickly in the passing.  Then I’d pray God would bring it to their minds again as they rode horses or played tennis or golf.

“In all labor there is profit.

But idle chatter leads only to poverty.”  Proverbs 14:23