“Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.“ (Proverbs 12:13)
Talk, talk, talk. We do a lot of it, in particular in leadership positions. But how much is really constructive? We also talk a lot of rubbish sometimes, or is that just me? If evildoers are trapped in their talk, we should be aware of this lesson and ensure our talk is liberating, encouraging, and limited.
This word also seems to show a path of escape as others trap themselves in their talk. Wisdom would therefore commend some careful consideration before talking. Sometimes saying nothing is an appropriate response. We can be profound just in our silence, and there is a time to say nothing and to walk away.
Quick Prayer. “Give me wisdom when confronted with evil talk.” Amen
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)
Bless those who curse me—are you kidding? Seek out those who hate me and bless them—are you insane? Repaying evil with good seems to not make any sense, but God’s ways are not our ways. He has a better view. If we have given our lives to Him, we need to trust Him and do it His way.
We have a choice when our human logic and His Word seem to collide. Often there is an almost paradoxical set of options. He does know better than us, so trust Him to have the answer and follow His ways, and the way becomes clearer.
It is not easy. It is a narrow path, but it is a higher way—a true way.
Quick Prayer. “Sometimes you just don’t make sense, help me to trust you and do it your way.” Amen
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (Jam 3:16)
How is your life at work going? Is there discord and disorder and lots of undesirable stuff happening? Maybe this is happening in other parts of your life. While we can always point the finger at others, we can do little to impact their motivation, save for the acceptance of the Gospel.
What we can do is to look into our own hearts and see if there is anything in us that needs to be yielded to God. This Scripture says that the outcomes of envy and selfish ambition are discord and evil practices.
We are called not to envy, which is oh so easy to do. Selfish ambition can be very easily dressed up in the respectability of wanting influence or leadership or provision for our families. Ask the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and straighten out your motivations; I will be.
Quick Prayer: Bring order to my world, Lord. Amen.