Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 28 - Proverbs 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 12. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the opening lines of this chapter we are told to lead a life of discipline, because it leads to knowledge.
  • This is followed by several “quick hits” of wisdom, ranging from the benefits of being a great spouse to the dangers of bad advice from friends.
  • This chapter says we should watch our words, because they can hurt others. (On the flip side, words are also a great way to build each other up.)
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We could summarize the highlights of this chapter by saying we should value discipline, integrity, righteousness, humility and diligence.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you value the character traits that this chapter speaks of? Which one would you say you do well at? Which one could use a little work?
  • Take time this week to become better at your weakest trait. (For example: if you tend to be lazy at work, look for ways to put your best effort forward.) If you’re not sure what your weakest trait may be, reach out to a trusted friend and ask them for some constructive criticism.