Hello Pastor C,
How are you?😃 I like that each week you ask us to read a chapter of Proverbs and you ask us to note a verse or two that we might use during our week. This week you asked us to read, Proverbs 20. I saw a couple that I try to use. Here goes.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”
Proverbs 20:5 NIV
To me, I see this as loving everyone. That is, seeing people for who they truly are: God’s creations. God is love. His creations, us, are love personified.
When I see a crowd of people, I see a great amount of love, a crowd of love.
Not everyone sees people that way. This Proverb points to Christians having this special ability, this special “insight”. This special insight must be exercised so that you get better at it. It is tough at first because the world wants to condition us to see people in a negative way, as flawed, to be feared, not to be trusted … this the way that the demons work … So, we must pay close attention to people to see the love that they are … through exercising our special insight, soon we see people as God intended us to see them, as God intended them to be … people are love.
* Another important aspect of this is that God knows us. God knows our intentions. Regardless, of what others might think of us, how they interpret our actions, God knows what our true intentions are. More on this, later.
“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”
Proverbs 20:19 NIV
To me, this about practicing something my mother would say, “If you have nothing good to say about someone or something, say nothing.”
In there is, say only good things … about anything.
Practicing this leads to becoming a very positive person. People are drawn to positive people. This how the power of positivity grows and spreads. This is how Jesus became popular and eventually how Christianity spread throughout the world.
Thank you, Pastor C.