April 17 / Proverbs 17 / Matthew 17

baptism 2

Proverbs 17:5

He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Don’t ever be glad at someone’s misfortune. That is not the heart of Jesus.

Proverbs 17:9

He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.

The more you talk about someone negatively, the more it divides. “Venting” in the classic sense does not actually help. It hurts.


Seek wise counsel toward resolution from a trusted friend, but refuse to just talk about someone or a situation just to talk about it or “get it out.” That is not helpful for anyone.

Sitting around talking about our problems serves only to magnify our problems. It does not resolve them. It further and further demonizes others. It does not build up. Do not give in to the lie that it helps.

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

Begin with the end in mind. Where do you want this convo to go?

I’m no scientist, but I feel that if you release water that it would be very difficult to stop it from flowing all over the place.

Be mindful of the words you release from your mouth.

Proverbs 17:16

Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, since he has no heart for it?

No matter how much money you give a foolish person, they will not purchase any wisdom with it.

Here is another way of saying that life is a matter of the heart. Without a Holy Spirit regenerated heart, doing anything good or wise is simply from your human striving and will therefore come crashing down sooner or later. This is because trying hard is extremely draining. But goodness done with a heart for God has an endless supply of energy…if fueled properly and truly from the Source of said energy.

Proverbs 17:27-28

He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips he is considered perceptive.

We need to learn to shut our big yappers a little more. More talk generally does prove only to show how little someone really understands. He or she wants to show what they know rather than be of help in contributing to the peace of others.

When you talk, is it to help, or is it to show how much you know or have read or have seen?

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

A doctor must diagnose before he or she prescribes.

Matthew 17:5

While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright light covered them, and a voice from the cloud said:

“This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!”

Thru the atonement the Father sees Jesus when He looks upon us, if I understand it correctly.

Whenever I get down or am focusing too much on people and their thoughts of me, I like to imagine the Father saying directly to me, “You are my dear son, and I delight in you. I want people to pay attention to you!”

Matthew 17:18

He was cured from that moment.

Does this still happen?

Are people ever cured by God in a moment?

Whether it be sickness, anxiety, addiction, or depression?

Do we have the faith for this to happen?

Is there any power in prayer? Real power?

Do we honestly desire it?

Do I really want to crucify my flesh and give all to Jesus to take away and do as He pleases?

Or am I OK living with excrement in my life?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *