A person is praised according to their prudence,
and one with a warped mind is despised.
Here is an immediate return to the kind of life we are leading. Those who make their life a career to hurt others receive general contempt and when they try to fall in favor with others they never get a drop of sympathy. By contrast, to those who behave wisely there is an immediate reward of praise from the people. We are talking about genuine praise, popular gratitude for living an irreproachable life and for showing love and justice in all things that are undertaken. Many wicked men think they are doing very well because they confuse flattery with praise. They are the subject of deception on the part of those who stick to them in the interests of making a profit and at the same time they deceive themselves because they are quite desperate to receive an affection they never won and never will earn for they do everything wrong. Flattery is nothing but a lie dressed to pose as a compliment.
Seek, then, to live a life based on the heavenly wisdom that comes from God the Father, wisdom that grant us long life, which is more profitable than gold and silver, which is more valuable than rubies, which gives us honor, peace and joy. Want to enjoy this wisdom? She is at your fingertips. Just ask God and he will give it to you, for God gives generously to all without finding fault. In front of you there is a bifurcation: one road leads you down a path of justice that will bring you praise, the other road will take you down the path of evil which can only bring you pain and contempt. Which of the two roads will you choose? Look up to Jesus Christ, stick with him and he will help you stay faithful and on the right track. Only to God be the glory!
Fools show their annoyance at once,
But the prudent overlook an insult.
In these postmodern days of the Internet the word self-control has no meaning. Self-control is the virtue, ability or power that lets you control your impulses and emotions, regardless of how intense they are. But since virtues are not currently very fashionable, few people cultivate self-control.
Self-control is a quality that is part of the fruit that Spirit produces in the life of the child of God. The apostle Paul told Timothy: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Paul wrote to Titus: “Tito said that the grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” The apostle Peter includes self-control, among other virtues, in the list of qualities that if we possess them in increasing measure they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
With so many recommendations and examples of such distinguished representatives of God I think we should pay some attention to this important aspect of the Christian life. Let us learn, therefore, to exercise the self-control that is so necessary to grow into spiritual maturity and to be useful and productive in the work that Jesus entrusted to us. To God alone be the glory!
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The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
Here is a list of things that set up a sharp contrast between what the world looks for and what the children of God are trying to achieve. We have said on different occasions that what the vast majority of people are looking for, and all that the world has to offer, is fame, money and power. Remarkably, the list of things that God’s children are trying to obtain was written by someone who had a lot of the only three things the world has to offer. Given his wisdom, King Solomon had a reputation way beyond the borders of his kingdom. As for wealth, the Bible says that in his time there was so much gold in his kingdom that “silver was not appreciated.” The word of God also says that “both in riches and in wisdom, King Solomon surpassed all other kings of the earth.” And as for power, Solomon managed to organize a large army that was equipped with many horses and chariots. Why would God give Solomon all these things that are typically granted only to those that follow the world and keep themselves separate from God?
First, Solomon had a very specific mission, to build the temple of the Lord. To achieve this he needed to enjoy extended periods of peace so that the work would not be interrupted every time he had to face the enemy in battle. Fame, money and power allowed Solomon to enjoy lasting peace so that he could carry out the commission that God gave him. Moreover, Solomon never asked God to give him anything other than “discernment to govern your people and to distinguish between good and evil.” Let us ask God to give us wisdom and discernment in order to serve him to the maximum of our capabilities. We will be able to conduct ourselves with prudence, fairness, justice and equity. To God alone be the glory!
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All who are prudent act with knowledge,
but fools expose their folly.
Foolishness is synonymous with madness. The fool does not accept arguments but invents his own, which only he understands. When asked about the reason for his behavior he responds with the first thing that pops into his head and if pressed to give a coherent answer, he replies: I did it because I felt like it. But the issue does not stop there; after releasing all the atrocities that his feverish and deluded mind has come up with, he boasts as if what he said were a great truth or a profound philosophical statement which will radically transform the heights of knowledge attained by humanity so far. It is clear that his mental processes are completely divorced from both reality and common sense but this does not prevent him from furthering his foolery because he lives in another world that has nothing to do with reality. This would not be a problem if fools and idiots could be physically isolated from the rest of society in the same way they are intellectually separated from reason. However, the fool has a lot of followers that support him in his stupidity and celebrate every silly word he says as great truths and principles. This gives him the motivation to continue with his irresponsible behavior.
The child of God should show a behavior diametrically opposed to that of the fool’s actions. His decisions must be based on the principles established by God and communicated to man through his word. His daily walk must be channeled and directed by God, and his words should be carefully selected before being released into the air. His tongue should be dominated by his mind and his will, and not the other way around, as it is customary for idiots and madmen. How can we behave reasonably? With prudence and wisdom. Do not imitate the wrong doing of a fool. Fools will receive a fool’s reward and the righteous will receive a righteous’ reward. Let us follow our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. To God alone be the glory!
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