Sunday, August 11, 2013

To Have A Kindred Spirit

The book of Proverbs written by Solomon gives us an insight, and instruction of Gods expectations. Of course interpreted by this wise King himself. We as human beings are on the most part very social. We need to be amongst our kind. Unfortunately our world has become so desensitized to being friendly. Everything seems to have a price tag on it. God never intended that. To love and cherish your fellow man is the way it should be. We have made that simple task so complicated. Here through the eyes of Solomon do you see how and what friendship should entail.

Proverbs 18

An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
    and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding
    but delight in airing their own opinions.
When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
    and with shame comes reproach.
The words of the mouth are deep waters,
    but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
It is not good to be partial to the wicked
    and so deprive the innocent of justice.
The lips of fools bring them strife,
    and their mouths invite a beating.
The mouths of fools are their undoing,
    and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to the inmost parts.
One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
    they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honor.
To answer before listening—
    that is folly and shame.
The human spirit can endure in sickness,
    but a crushed spirit who can bear?
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
    for the ears of the wise seek it out.
A gift opens the way
    and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
    until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
Casting the lot settles disputes
    and keeps strong opponents apart.
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
    disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
    with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.
He who finds a wife finds what is good
    and receives favor from the Lord.
The poor plead for mercy,
    but the rich answer harshly.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother

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