I have been studying the book of Proverbs with women at my church. And I must say, this book has immense practical wisdom that is so appealing to my pragmatic way of viewing life. It’s full of pithy comments about life that resonate with our experience. No question of “what does this mean?” or “how does it apply?” More like “oh darn! this verse nailed me” and “so true!!”
Here are a few I read this week on the topic of neighbors and friends – imagine how different our communities could be if each of us took them to heart. Let me know what you think of them. And add your own!
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, ‘Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll pay you.'” (Proverbs 3:27-28)
“Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.” (Proverbs 3:29)
“Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound.” (Prov. 25:20)
And my personal favorite, as one who doesn’t consider myself a morning person:
“A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!” (Prov. 27:14)