These Proverbs have so many things to learn. I am just going to take a few verses at a time for the rest of this chapter. Please take the time to soak up some Son this morning!
vs 16--I want to discuss the second half of this verse first. The 'violent' man in this passage is a man that is strong and ruthless. Picture say--Donald Trump. We have to ACTIVELY pursue being kind and gracious...and when we do....we will obtain honor.
vs 17--Think of the last time that you said something mean or did something mean to someone. Perhaps even to your own spouse or child this morning? So, what did that do for you? I know that for me--it just eats me up on the inside. My stomach churns; my mind gets all in a tither. If I would have just handled the situation kindly and with mercy (even to the point of saying Sorry even when we don't feel that we need to! Yikes!) then it is better for all involved--including myself.
vs 18--We have visited this thought several times; and my mind always jumps right to Romans 6:23. Look it up if you need to! What are some ways that you can sow righteousness right where you are in your life today?
vs 19--in verse 18 I asked how you might sow righteousness today. This verse is about being steadfast. The Bible never promises that our life will be easy. But if we actively work hard then the payoff is beyond our human imagination!