Indeed the Book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom.
Wisdom is more than knowledge, for knowledge only knows the matters, whereas wisdom is
knowing and responding to the matters in the appropriate ways.
In today’s chapter, the author deals with a number of things but a lot more on how we should
respond to corrections and also the need to watch over our tongue.
So allow me to share on these 2 points.
Bible Passage: Proverbs 15
(v.5, 10, 12, 31, 32, 33)
Never despise an admonishment or reproof from an elderly, especially from a father, because usually
experience comes with age.
As the Chinese old folks always say to the young ones, “the amount of salt that I have consumed is
more than the rice you have eaten” in fact sounds reasonable.
So it is wise to go to the older folks to seek advices when we meet with difficult decisions.
For matters like our bad behaviors, choosing the wrong career, buying some expensive luxurious
things, there may be chances for us to learn and not to repeat the mistakes that we had done, but how
about matters that concerns our souls, our salvation?
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads
to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are
few who find it.
Matthew 7: 13 – 14
We only live once and we have to be wise in matters concerning our souls. We need to cultivate
a teachable heart to learn the right things in life, and most importantly the things that concern our
salvation and our relationship with our God.
We need to constantly have the fear of the Lord in our hearts in order to be considered wise in the
eyes of God.
Getting instructions, and abiding by His instructions can truly bring benefits to us and to have eternal
life; for His command is everlasting life. (John 12: 50)
Our Tongue/Our Speech
(v.1, 2, 4, 7, 23, 28)
When we open our mouth to speak, people will know whether are we foolish or wise.
In times when we are in a heated discussion or debate on some matters, one party may be angered
due to the selection of words.
Many a times we hold on to the attitude that we must always win in all debates or disputes, because
we are always right; this is none other than our human pride at work.
But if we are conscious about our mentality, which can only be possible if we constantly reflect on
ourselves and meditating on the Word of God, we can be humble in our dialogues with the people
The words that we select would be silky smooth and soft that would calm the heart of the listeners.
Indeed the words that are spoken with wisdom are like fruitful trees that feed many, and the listeners
can also benefit from the knowledge that is being dispersed by you.
Silence is golden, but not always. This is because sometimes people need words of comfort or words
of encouragement; sometimes even words of rebuke are necessary from us. So if we were able to
speak apt words on the appropriate situation, it would be simply “GOOD”.
Therefore we have to make good use of the brain that God has created and given to us to ponder and
study the situations we may be in, before we open our mouth to speak.
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.
Proverbs 10: 19
So let us keep the words of God in our hearts and let His wisdom restrain us from speaking
foolishness, instead let our words be seasoned with God’s wisdom so that our listeners can be
benefited and thus glorify God.