Proverbs 6: Relationships &Reconciliation

#ReconciliationIsPartOfGodsPlan #Relationships  #Forgiveness #Humility


  • 1My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
  • 2Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
  • 3Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
  • 4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
  • 5Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

It takes a humble spirit to resolve relational conflicts. We will always see what the other person did wrong and rarely see what we did wrong. These steps break up valuable connections, and sometimes forever. So, take the time to right the wrong that our mouths may have caused. In fact, do not go to sleep without resolving the problem. Why? Because one will wake up with even more excuses as to why they should not seek reconciliation, and our hearts may become hardened.

  • 6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
  • 7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
  • 8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
  • 9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
  • 10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
  • 11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Work with and for a purpose. Work with and part of a team. Ants do that to ensure that their colony survives.

  • 12A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
  • 13He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
  • 14Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
  • 15Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

My grandmother used to say that if a person is always “stirring the pot among friends” they should be avoided at all cost. There is always one person in every group who feels that they should “babble” everything they hear “just so they can pray with you about it!” Beware of such a person.

The following are the 7 things that are an abomination to God.

  • 16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
    1. 17A proud look,
    2. a lying tongue,
    3. and hands that shed innocent blood,
    4. 18 A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
    5. feet that be swift in running to mischief,
    6. 19 A false witness that speaketh lies,
    7. and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Whenever I am anywhere with someone who feels that they must tell me about the sins of all of their friends – I also know that they will do the same thing to me. Think about our current sociological and political climate. Now read the 7 things about.  How many times have you seen these things destroy relationships between people, communities, and even nations?

  • 20My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
  • 21Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
  • 22When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
  • 23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Why do we read and live by God’s Word?

  • 24To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
  • 25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
  • 26For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
  • 27Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
  • 28Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
  • 29So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
  • 30Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
  • 31But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
  • 32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
  • 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
  • 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
  • 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

Living by our own thoughts is easy. Living according to the word of God is contrary to our spirit. We want results and we want them now. We want to see people punished and we want to see it now! That is not how God operates. Patience is at work as He works out His plans in our lives, our communities, states, and even our nation. Love him, and love others as He loves us! That is our calling. As we grow in our love for Him we will share His love with others and His love for others – especially with people who do not know Him.  When we think that all is lost remember…..

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