September 27 / Proverbs 27 / John 21

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Proverbs 27:5

A public correction is better than love that is hidden.

Sages do not fear correction; indeed, they hope for it. After all, how else can they improve? Otherwise, they would be doomed to repeat their past mistakes. In any case, the openness of the correction is helpful; an unexpressed correction would not be. One might expect that kind of parallelism, something along the lines of “a public correction is better than discipline that is hidden,” but the contrast is even stronger with the introduction of “love.” Love would bring discipline, so that is included here, but the repression of love would serve the object of affection no good purpose.

-Tremper Longman III

Proverbs 27:6

Bruises of a friend can be trusted, but the kisses of an enemy are dangerous.

I believe it is of utmost importance to have at least one spiritual partner who knows you inside and out, who can call you out to make you better.

Rebuke doesn’t feel good, but it is so good for shaping you into Jesus.

John 21:14

This was now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His followers after He was raised from the dead.

That line just really moves me. Think about that today…

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to YHWH..

and all the families of the nations shall worship before Him.

For dominion (the “kingdom”) belongs to YHWH..

and He rules over the nations.

-Psalm 22:27-28

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