Proverbs 15:18-33, Before Honor Comes Humility

Proverbs

18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,

But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

19The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,

But the path of the upright is a highway.

20A wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish man despises his mother.

21Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,

But a man of understanding walks straight.

22Without consultation, plans are frustrated,

But with many counselors they succeed.

23A man has joy in an apt answer,

And how delightful is a timely word!

24The path of life leads upward for the wise

That he may keep away from Sheol below.

25The Lord will tear down the house of the proud,

But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

26Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,

But pleasant words are pure.

27He who profits illicitly troubles his own house,

But he who hates bribes will live.

28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,

But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29The Lord is far from the wicked,

But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

30Bright eyes gladden the heart;

Good news puts fat on the bones.

31He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof

Will dwell among the wise.

32He who neglects discipline despises himself,

But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

33The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,

And before honor comes humility.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

 

Action: How should I humble myself so that I will be honored?

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!