The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise. -Proverbs 12 15

Accept the Truth—Today’s Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 12:15

Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.” Reflection In this verse, we can see that those who never accept others’ advice but place too much trust in themselves are arrogant and foolish. Those who modestly listen to other opinions are people who have true wisdom. Such people are rational and not self-righteous, and easily accept the truth. They are pleasing to God. Speaking of listening to counsel, a story crossed my mind: There is an owl named Dada who decides to find a bigger hole after delivering five cute babies. She singles out a large tree deep in the forest. Dada’s friend Benben suggests to her that she should not make her new home there, for a fox lives under the tree and it is very dangerous to be a fox’s neighbor. However, Dada brushes it aside. She believes there will be no danger since she and her cubs live at the top of the tree and the activities of the fox can only be under the tree. So, Dada does not take Benben’s advice. Then, Benben says, “If you must move to the tree, you’d better choose the hole on the right as your new home, because it is farther from the fox’s house and more concealed.” But Dada denies Benben’s suggestion again. She thinks the hole on the left is sunny and spacious. In the end, Dada moves into the hole on the left alongside her babies. One stormy night, Dada does not return after foraging for food long outside. The young who wait anxiously poke their heads out and look around in search of their mother. Suddenly, there is a wind. The small cubs are blown out of the hole and fall right before the fox. When Dada returns, it is conceivable that … Just imagine Dada had let go of herself and carefully considered Benben’s advice, could she have avoided the tragedy? The Bible said, “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath” (Proverbs 21:24). Proud and arrogance make one foolish and extraordinarily self-right. In the face of other opinions, such people never consider whether others’ advice is reasonable but directly refuse it. Or even though they know what others put forward is correct, they don’t accept the advice because they cannot let go of their arrogance and vanity, but think it debases themselves. Driven by this arrogant disposition, we are self-important and self-conceited, always insist on ourselves and deny others and cannot accept others’ advice, and thus we will be the ones who suffer loss in the end. In fact, man can’t be perfect. One’s ability is limited however high it is, and one’s knowledge is limited however profound it is. We can do a better job only when we are able to listen to proper suggestions and learn from others’ strong points to offset our own weaknesses. Jesus once said, “For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). The verse tells us that God loves those who can humble themselves. God says, “What is vital now for you all to do is to learn to obey that which is right and to obey that which comes from the truth and that which conforms to the truth; in this way, you are walking and practicing toward being obedient to God. … Through obeying, seeking, praying more, retreating to your spirit and coming before God then, unbeknownst to you, a change will happen in your inner condition.” Only those who can obey God and obey that which is right are the wisest and most sensible. So, we should try to let go of ourselves and learn to listen to other opinions. If you practice this way, you will gain something different. Testify God wishes you and your family and friends a happy life! » You may be interested in watching: Deadly Ignorance – Christian Film

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. - Proverbs 11:2

Pride and Humility – Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 11:2

Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” Reflection From this verse, we can see that pride and humility lead to different gains in the end. In fact, around us we can see that some people are very lowly, they ask others humbly when encountering things they don’t understand, and they will gain a lot at last. On the contrary, some people think they don’t need to ask others, and they can do anything. Thus, they won’t have other gains to improve themselves and will only remain stagnant. Take the eunuch of Ethiopia, even though he had a high status and prestige at that time, he was not self-righteous but sought the truth humbly from Philip, and received the Lord Jesus’ salvation in the end (Acts 8:26-38); while the Pharisees understood the Bible, but they measured and treated the Lord Jesus according to their notions, and tried to resist the Lord. In the end, they suffered God’s curses and punishment for nailing the Lord to the cross. It can be seen that the proud can only fail at last, while the lowly will gain a great deal.   » Read more in these articles: • 5 Key Elements of being the Poor in Spirit • Daily Reading: The Samaritan Woman’s Wisdom • Bible Verses About Humility

The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. - Proverbs 10:22

God’s Blessings—Today’s Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 10:12

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Reflection We can learn from this verse that what God bestowed on us is enough for us to enjoy and we should not add sorrow. However, many people are not satisfied with what they own, so they cannot stop making their way in the world, just like a tightly wound clock. Dissatisfaction has become people’s driving force, but they often live in torment because of their unfulfilled desires. Share a passage: “After they start believing in God, people gain some truths, and the happiness these truths bring is sufficient to replace the happiness brought to people by material things, enjoyment and comfort. The more you gain those things, the less satisfied you are, and the less you are able to tell good from bad. With the truth, the clearer people’s understanding of it, and the more truths they gain, the more they know to thank God and be grateful, and the more they feel sated within their hearts. Yes or no? (Yes.) What do material things bring to people? (Emptiness.) They bring emptiness and depravity. People can’t tell good from bad and they develop more and more desires.” In a giddily materialistic society, we are unable to discern what’s right or overcome sin so that we are dragged deeper into desires. Satan uses our desires and ambitions to force us to live in pain and darkness. When we have the truth as life, we know that our everything is ruled and predestined by God. Without God’s predestination, we cannot get what we want no matter how hard we work. The useless struggle will make us live a more exhausting and miserable life. Actually, the grace God bestows on us is enough. After we understand these, we should not satisfy our desires. No matter how many God bestows, we ought to feel content and praise God with our grateful hearts. The Bible says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be there with content” (1Ti 6:6-8). When we learn to be grateful and content, we can gain true joy and happiness. At last, I want to share this verse: “Rejoice ever more. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1Ts 5:16-18).   » Recommended for you: • My Joys and Sorrows After Achieving Success • Christian Marriage Story: No Longer Complaining, She Has a Happy Marriage • How Should a Christian View Wealth? It Is Wise to Let Go

Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins. -Proverbs 10 12

Love Covers All Sins—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 10:12

Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.” Reflection Hatred is a trigger for sins. In order to protect our own interest, we easily become hateful when encountering friction with others. If this is not resolved, it can provoke us into retaliatory responses. When things get to this point, we cannot easily turn back. So this verse tells us, love covers all sins. If we can love each other, then it’s not difficult to work out our enmities. Especially before God, if we love Him, then we should obey all that God does. Even though what He does doesn’t conform to our conceptions, we still can put aside ourselves and continue to follow Him. God’s words say, “‘Love,’ as it is called, refers to an emotion that is pure and without blemish, where you use your heart to love, to feel, and to be thoughtful. In love there are no conditions, no barriers, and no distance. In love there is no suspicion, no deceit, and no cunning. In love there is no distance and nothing impure. If you love, then you will not deceive, complain, betray, rebel, exact, or seek to gain something or to gain a certain amount.” True love has great power. Hence, when something happens to us, if we can learn to put aside ourselves and be tolerant, and show love to others more, everything will turn better.   » Read more on our Interpersonal Relationships page, or click on the related articles below: • 4 Tips for Christians to Get Along With People and Build a Good Relationship • A Christian’s Testimony: How to Mend a Friendship Broken by Interests • Getting on With My Roommate Is No Longer a Problem for Me Who Is Fastidious

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10

The Fear of Jehovah Is the Beginning of Wisdom—Reflection on Proverbs 9:10

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Reflection Who is wise? Who is foolish? We often use intelligence and life experience to measure whether a person is wise or not. But the verse indicates that wise man seeks knowledge of God. If you want to obtain wisdom, you must fear God. And why? For the source of wisdom is actually the Lord who created the heavens and earth and all things. The story of King Solomon in the Bible is a very strong evidence. He asked for wisdom from God, with which he solved a dispute over infants between two mothers. His fame had spread to other places, even the Queen of Sheba heard of his fame and visited him with hard questions. After seeing his wisdom, she gave precious treasure to him. The kings all over the world asked to see Solomon and hear his wisdom gifted by God. It is also written in the Bible, he was wiser than all men. It can be seen that God is the source of wisdom and showed His great power in King Solomon! It shows that the person who knows to rely on God is a wise man! Pray to God, rely on God and obey God’s arrangements in all things, then from experience you definitely see how God arranges everything for you and how wise He is.   » You may be interested in reading more: • Daily Reading: The Samaritan Woman’s Wisdom • Daily Bread – The Significance of God Giving Adam Wisdom • 70 Bible Verses About Wisdom

For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD. - Proverbs 8:35

Whoever Seeks God Will Surely Gain Life—Reflection on Proverbs 8:35

Proverbs 8:35 “For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.” Reflection We understand that God is the truth, the way, and the life. You have searched for God, of course you find the source of man’s life. God’s words say, “Perhaps, now, you wish to receive life, or perhaps you wish to gain the truth. Whatever the case, you wish to find God, to find the God that you can rely on, and who can provide you with eternal life. If you wish to gain eternal life, you must first understand the source of eternal life, and must first know where God is. I have already said that only God is immutable life, and only God possesses the way of life. Since His life is immutable, so it is eternal; since only God is the way of life, so God Himself is the way of eternal life. As such, you should first understand where God is, and how to gain this way of eternal life.” Nowadays, numerous Christians desperately yearn for the return Lord Jesus and truly wish to gain the eternal life. Then how can we gain the eternal life?   » Read more on our Eternal Life page, or click on the related articles below: • What Does Obtaining Eternal Life by Believing in the Son Mean? • What Is the Way of Eternal Life and How Can We Gain It? • I Finally Know What Is Eternal Life and How to Get It

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate. - Proverbs 8:13

The Fear of God Is to Hate Evil—Reflection on Proverbs 8:13

Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.” Reflection From this verse we can see that, God loathes all evils. Since we believe in God, we should fear Him, love what God loves and hate what He hates. Only in this way, our thoughts can be compatible with God. Share one piece of God’s word, “When you start believing in God, the truth and God’s words don’t mention these things. What does God’s word require as the principle for treating others? Love what God loves, hate what God hates. That is, the people loved by God who truly pursue the truth and who carry out God’s will, are the people you should love. Those who don’t carry out God’s will, hate God, disobey God, and are despised by God, are people we should despise and reject. That’s what God’s word requires.”   » Recommended for you: • What Does It Mean to Fear God? 4 Points Help You Know It • Three Principles of Fearing God

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you. - Proverbs 7:1

Committing God’s Word to Memory—Reflection on Proverbs 7:1

Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you. Reflection God says, “Walking in God’s way is not about observing rules on the surface. Rather, it means that when you’re faced with a matter, first of all, you view it as a circumstance that has been arranged by God, a responsibility bestowed on you by Him, or something that He has entrusted to you, and that when you’re facing this matter, you should even view it as a trial from God. When facing this matter, you must have a standard, you must think that it has come from God. You must think about how to deal with this matter such that you can fulfill your responsibility, and be faithful to God; how to do it and not infuriate God, or offend His disposition. … There are often those who believe that the matters which aren’t paid much heed by people, the matters that aren’t usually mentioned—these are merely minor trifles, and they don’t have anything to do with putting truth into practice. When these people are faced with just such a matter, they don’t give it much thought and let it slide. But in actual fact, this matter is a lesson for which you should be studying, a lesson on how to fear God, on how to shun evil. Moreover, what you should be even more concerned about is knowing what God is doing when this matter arises to face you. God is right at your side, observing every one of your words and deeds, observing your actions, your mind changes—this is God’s work.” God’s words are well put. No matter what we encounter, whether it is a big matter or a small matter, it is meticulously arranged by God. God is watching us whether we follow the way of fearing God and shunning evil. As a believer of God, the most fundamental step is to act according to God’s words, seek His will in all things but not to follow our own will. This is what a qualified Christian should do.   » Recommended for you: • 4 Steps to Magnify the Lord in Your Life – Daily Practice • Obey God’s Sovereignty, Live Out the Real Human Life • Bible Verses About Obedience

Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.- Proverbs 4:23

Keep Your Heart With All Diligence—Reflection on Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Reflection In today’s verse, it mentioned that we should keep our hearts, Then why does here stress the importance of keeping our hearts? Most of the time, our deeds reflect our thoughts. No matter in life or work, when we have conflicts with others, we will easily develop prejudices against them, and even grudge them as time goes by. If we don’t keep our hearts, it’s easy for us to harm others. So what should we do to keep our hearts? Jesus said, “And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Mat 21:22). God is almighty. We can ask Him to keep our hearts so that we can overcome Satan’s temptations and not do things based on our hot-bloodedness. There’s a passage saying like this, “Through mankind’s cries God gives them what they need, but He does not ‘reside’ within them at first. He just constantly gives them aid because of their cries and people gain hardiness from that internal strength so that Satan dare not come here to ‘play’ at its will. This way, if people constantly connect with God’s Spirit, Satan dare not come to disrupt.” When we call on God sincerely, He will surely help us.   » Recommended for you: • Building a Good Relationship Is Not a Problem Anymore • 4 Tips for Christians to Get Along With People and Build a Good Relationship • 3 Principles of Prayer Help You Keep Temper  

For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh. - Proverbs 4:22

God Bestows Rich Truths—Reflection on Proverbs 4:22

Proverbs 4:22 “For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh” Reflection God not only provides us with material things, but bestows rich truths upon us. He guides us forward so that we won’t go astray in doing things. When we gain the truth God bestows to us, we gain the life, which is to say, we gain God. Because God Himself is the truth, the way, and the life. God says, “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life.” The Lord Jesus promised that He would come again. It is now the last days, the prophecies of the Lord Jesus’ return have been fulfilled. We welcome the Lord’s appearance, then we will have the opportunity to gain the life bestowed by the Lord. So, how will we welcome the second coming of the Lord? Click here to see more: • Key Principles of Welcoming the Lord’s Return • Watch and Wait for the Return of the Lord • How Will Jesus Return? Have You Welcomed the Return of Jesus?

Fear the Lord and Depart From Evil—Reflection on Proverbs 3:7

Fear the Lord and Depart From Evil—Reflection on Proverbs 3:7

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Reflection This verse teaches us not to be self-righteous or be wise in our conceit but to fear God and shun evil. This is the greatest wisdom. In our daily lives, we often think so highly of ourselves and do not allow others to blame us. We believe that everything we do is right and that we are better than everyone else. This is living based on arrogant and conceited corrupt disposition. We believe that we have brains, and caliber, and can gain insight into things, so we do everything by ourselves and put God aside without any reverence for Him. Thus, we easily offend God. For example, the Pharisees were proficient in the Bible, but they did not have a heart that fears God at all. Therefore, they used Bible knowledge and theology to measure the words and work of God and believed that the Messiah would descend as they had imagined. When the Lord Jesus came to do His work, even though He expressed many truths and performed many miracles, the Pharisees neither sought nor studied whether His work was from God and whether His word was God’s voice and was the truth. They were self-righteous and thought that as long as it did not conform with their notions and imaginations, He was not the Messiah. In the end, they nailed the Lord Jesus who expressed the truth to the cross and committed a heinous crime. From this, we can see that we should revere God toward His work and our belief in Him instead of thinking that we understand the truth and are able to see things clearly. As a matter of fact, we are just creatures of God. How could we possibly fathom the work of God? Since there are past examples for warning, we should learn lessons and not be self-righteous. Now the last days have arrived and the Lord Jesus is coming soon. Facing the second coming of Jesus, we should honor God as great, fear God and carefully seek and study if someone testifies for us the second coming of Jesus. Only thus can we understand God’s will and welcome the second coming of Jesus. So, fearing God and shunning evil is the sense that we created being should possess. Just as God says, “A genuine created being must know who the Creator is, what man’s creation is for, how to carry out the responsibilities of a created being, and how to worship the Lord of all creation, must understand, grasp, know, and care for the Creator’s intentions, wishes, and demands, and must act in accordance with the way of the Creator—fear God and shun evil.”   » Recommended for you: • Why the Pharisees Could Not Recognize the Lord Jesus Was the Messiah • How Will Jesus Return? Have You Welcomed the Return of Jesus? • How to Welcome the Lord’s Return to Be After God’s Will

Proverbs 3:6

Relying on God in All Things—Reflection on Proverbs 3:6

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Reflection This verse shows us that we should rely on God in all things, and firmly believe that all things are in God’s hands and that only by obeying His orchestrations and arrangements can we have a way of practice. That is to say, instead of believing in God in one matter or two matters, we should firmly believe in God in all things. God is faithful and He will definitely show us the way of practice in every matter. For example, when David faced the Philistine giant Goliath, he said, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). By relying on God, David killed Goliath without a sword or a spear, but with only a stone. So, if we want to firmly believe in God in all things, we should not rely on our ability or intelligence to deal with everything we encounter. Instead, we should actively cooperate with God in all things. If we do not understand, we should completely rely on God, seek His will, wait for His guidance, and firmly believe that only God is our help. Just as God says, “You must enter in from the positive side. If you wait passively, it is still negative. You must be proactive in cooperating with Me; be diligent and never lazy. Always be in fellowship with Me and have deeper intimacy with Me. If you do not understand, do not be impatient for quick results. It’s not that I won’t tell you; I want to see if you rely on Me when you are in My presence and whether you depend on Me with confidence. You must always remain close to Me and place all matters in My hands. Do not go back in vain. After unknowingly being close to Me for a period of time, My intentions shall be revealed to you. If you grasp them, then you will truly be face-to-face with Me, and you will have truly found My face. You will be quite clear and steady within and you will have something to rely on, and you will also have power as well as confidence. You will also have a path forward and everything will come easy to you.”   » Recommended for you: • Relying on God, I Got More Than a Job • Relying on God, I Easily Modify Well Creative Proposal • Bible Verses About Relying on God

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