Proverbs 12

Today (Feb 12) is Rachael’s birthday. We have Micah’s birthday and our anniversary coming up over the next 10 days.

Here are some thoughts on chapter 12 as I continue reading through Proverbs:

A noble wife is the crown of her husband, but the wife who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones. (12:4)

This is so true (and timely with Valentine’s Day nearby). I can’t think of a time when Saralynn acted in a way that truly embarrassed me. Sure, she does stuff that I think is goofy, because it’s not my personality. But she is my “crown”, my pride. (I wish she could always say the same about me.) Love you, babe!

A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel. (12:10)

Argh! I’m constantly threatening our dog, Roger. And the kids have picked up on it. Probably better change that. (Who knew that dealing with pets was in the Bible?)

The righteous do not encounter any harm, but the wicked are filled with calamity. (12:21)

The only way that can be true is if we approach life with the right perspective. Jesus said:

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life? Mark 8:35-36

If our lives are wrapped up in what happens in this world instead of the next, we will not be able to believe this proverb. However, if we believe that everything in this life is designed to grow us into eternal Christ-followers, it makes a lot of sense.

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