My Word for the Week – Forgive(ness)

I have chosen Forgive(ness) as my world for the week, something I feel I need to work on.  Thus, my posts will have this word in them.  I will also add what the verse means to me, what is my interpertation.

Genesis 50:17 (NIV)

17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

This was done when Joseph’s dad was close to death and Jacob wanted to make sure there was no strife between his sons.  I believe Jacob realized, it was God’s plan which brought Joseph to the position and place he was – a place he could save his family.

For me, this is one of the toughest forgiveness.  Forgiving people because of the “evil” they did provided a benefit to me.  Thus, I am to thank the very person who wanted to destroy me for their effort do do so.

I guess it’s not much different, as I think about it, than competition in a sport.  We are glad to have tough competition, we really don’t get mad at them regardless of the outcome, but if they did not try and beat us, then we would not be betteri either.  But it is hard to reward evil, isn’t it?

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge

Proverbs 12:1 (ESV)

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 12:2 (ESV)

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

but a man of evil devices he condemns.

Proverbs 12:4 (ESV)

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,

but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:6 (ESV)

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Proverbs 12:11 (ESV)

11  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 12:15 (ESV)

15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:16 (ESV)

16  The vexation of a fool is known at once,

but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 12:19 (ESV)

19  Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Proverbs 12:22 (ESV)

22  Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,

but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 12:23 (ESV)

23  A prudent man conceals knowledge,

but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)

25  Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,

but a good word makes him glad.

The Way of Wisdom

 

Proverbs 9:1 (ESV)

The Way of Wisdom

9 Wisdom has built her house;

she has hewn her seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:7 (ESV)

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,

and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Proverbs 9:8 (ESV)

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:9 (ESV)

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:10 (ESV)

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Proverbs 9:12 (ESV)

12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Proverbs 9:16–18 (ESV)

16  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

And to him who lacks sense she says,

17  “Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

18  But he does not know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

Psalm 129:title–8 (ESV)

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

129 A Song of Ascents.

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”—

let Israel now say—

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,

yet they have not prevailed against me.

The plowers plowed upon my back;

they made long their furrows.”

The Lord is righteous;

he has cut the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion

be put to shame and turned backward!

Let them be like the grass on the housetops,

which withers before it grows up,

with which the reaper does not fill his hand

nor the binder of sheaves his arms,

nor do those who pass by say,

“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!

We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Practical Warnings

Proverbs 6:6 (ESV)

Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 6:12–15 (ESV)

12  A worthless person, a wicked man,

goes about with crooked speech,

13  winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,

points with his finger,

14  with perverted heart devises evil,

continually sowing discord;

15  therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;

in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (ESV)

16  There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

       17  haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18  a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that make haste to run to evil,

19  a false witness who breathes out lies,

and one who sows discord among brothers.