SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In verse 3, the writer warns us to guard our mouth and it will guard our lives.
- Verse 5 echoes what we’ve read about many times before: those who follow Jesus should have an ever-growing distaste for evil and a desire for truth.
- In verse 10, we read about how pride can destroy our ability to communicate with others. When we are proud it oozes out of us and everyone knows it.
- The second to the last verse (verse 24) is not advocating beating your kids. Rather, the writer is telling parents to discipline their children in love so that they can grow up learning how to function in this world and hopefully model for their kids the love God has for them.
- Several of the warnings in this chapter (warnings about what we say, how to handle conflict, etc.) are based on pride. If we’re not careful, pride can do a lot of damage.
- As followers of Jesus, we should seek to minimize pride and maximize humility.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- How can you eliminate areas of unhealthy pride in your life? Do you find yourself saying things you later regret, or having a tendency to hurt feelings with what you say?
- Ask God to show you an area of your life where pride is taking root, and commit today to weed that behavior out of your habits.