Proverbs 23:14-16 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
It seems at times that we as parents and grandparents hear many more negative than positive things about our children and grandchildren. Whenever they may do or say the wrong things, people are very quick to point out their faults.
I have been accused over the years of getting upset when I hear bad things about my children. In most cases, those people might do well to know that I do not get upset about hearing if my children or grandchildren have misbehaved. The fact is I am just tired of always hearing it from them. Some people never want to say a good word about you or your family. This is especially true if you are part of the Pastor’s Family. People seem to find some kind of pleasure in pointing out all the negatives they can find. Do I defend my children to others more than I should? I do not believe so. I love them, and I am going to be their greatest cheerleader. I have corrected them as is necessary, even still today, after they are grown and out of the house. Nevertheless, I will stand up before the world for them in defense of their honor as well.
On the other hand, if you want to see an old man beam with joy, come tell me about a positive thing my children or grandchildren have done. There is nothing like hearing they have done something, which people have noticed as good.
Solomon was saying the same thing to his son. He said, my heart would rejoice if you do and say the right things in life. John said this as well about his spiritual family in 3 John 3, 4 when he said; “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Everyone loves to hear good things about their family. Everyone!
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Would you like to make your Pastor happy this week? Find one thing about his family that you can complement them on and tell him. Would you like to make God, your heavenly Father happy this week? Do the same thing when talking to others about His children, the church. He is listening you know!
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Habakkuk 1 – Haggai 2 / Proverbs 23:14-16
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Ecc. 1-2 / 2 Co. 12
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