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.)
- 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.