May 6, Reading 2 – Proverbs 14

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SAA Notes

Prudent men and wise women: There are plenty of proverbs in this chapter explaining how to find the wise way in life for each sex.

SJA Notes

“The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.”

What kind of fruit do we bear?

Jesus gives us instruction on bearing fruit in His sermon on the mount, where He speaks of false prophets, and then speaks of good and bad trees and their fruit, and finishes the thought with,

“Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”

God’s people are called to be discerning. But it is a hard line to keep from falling over either side, either into negligent niceness or into merciless and never-satisfied critique.

This proverb tells us that both sets of people will be filled with the fruit – of their ways.

What is the way of God’s people?

We are to go about our lives practicing the fruits of God’s Spirit (Galatians chapter 5)!

Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control.

This can be a hard list to read through with an open and honest mirror-reflection into our lives.

What kind of fruit do we bear?

So what about the way of the backslider in heart?

Paul speaks of this way too in Galatians chapter 5 where he gives a list of the works of the flesh.

Sexual immorality. Impurity. Sensuality. Idolatry. Sorcery. Enmity. Strife. Jealousy. Fits of anger. Rivalries. Dissensions. Divisions. Envy. Drunkeness. Orgies. (and things like these)

This too can be a hard list to read through with open and honest mirror-reflection into our own lives.

What kind of fruit do we bear?

Jesus says it so well in John chapter 15,

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

To bear the fruit that matters, the right fruit – Abide in Jesus!

* God Above,

Thank You Lord for Your word today. Please spark within us a little thought, an understanding, a step by step growth in Your wisdom today.

Please sink us in self that we might rise in You.

And Lord, please plant Your word deep within us, writing it on our hearts, and grow it in us – That we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

Amen.

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