Proverbs 25:15-28, Like a Bad Tooth

Proverbs

15By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,

And a soft tongue breaks the bone.

16Have you found honey? Eat only what you need,

That you not have it in excess and vomit it.

17Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,

Or he will become weary of you and hate you.

18Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow

Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

19Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot

Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

20Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda,

Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.

21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

22For you will heap burning coals on his head,

And the Lord will reward you.

23The north wind brings forth rain,

And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

24It is better to live in a corner of the roof

Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

25Like cold water to a weary soul,

So is good news from a distant land.

26Like a trampled spring and a polluted well

Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

27It is not good to eat much honey,

Nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory.

28Like a city that is broken into and without walls

Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

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

 

Action: How should we treat our enemies?

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!