Hi! My name is Jacque -- tho my blogging friends know me by my nickname, Snoodles! I am honored that Tonya entrusted some of the posts to me, and I hope that you will not find my notes too dull! I am praying that the Lord will guide me, and that His Word will open our hearts to what He wants us to learn.
Read verses 12 and 13 of chapter 11, and then let's think on them....
I think these verses go together nicely, because they address almost the same issue. In each verse, there is a negative, and then a positive....first, the negative in verse 12. Solomon mentions a person who "despiseth his neighbor" and says he is lacking in wisdom. Then the positive --- a person of understanding who "holds his peace."
Hang on, I'll get to Thumper in a minute!
In verse thirteen, he mentions a "talebearer" and then the positive: a person of a "faithful spirit" who conceals a matter. Hmmmm, I think it's time to let Thumper have his say!
You recall Thumper, don't you? In the movie Bambi? Thumper's mommie has to tell him (pretty often, I think!) that "if you don't have sumpin nice to say, then don't say nothin' at all!"
I think he just summarized these verses for us! God's Word reveals that if we are a person of understanding, and have a faithful spirit, we will not despise our neighbors, or be a talebearer. Instead, we will hold our peace. I kinda get the idea that Solomon's choice of words here: "conceals a matter" doesn't mean we are covering up for someone --- the alternative was to be a talebearer.... I believe that it means that we are not carrying gossip and spreading it around. Whoa! That's a biggie!
One particular verse in the last chapter of Proverbs just popped into my head....verse 26 is what I'll leave for us to think about --- that, and Thumper.
"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness."
Let me know what you think about these verses. Has the Spirit reminded anyone besides me, of a time when a kind word should have been spoken, or just no words spoken at all?