Just because you are spiritual doesn’t mean you have common sense.
The iphone slogan “got an app for that”
Our slogan “got a scripture for that”
Think of the song “Lean On Me”
1. Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
2. Proverbs 11:12 “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”
a. Lack of sense
3. Proverbs 14:21 “He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.”
4. Proverbs 21:10 “The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.”
a. Sense of wickedness
Proverbs 1:8-11 “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:”
Proverbs 16:28-29 “A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.”
Proverbs 13:20 “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Proverbs 27:4 “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?”
Proverbs 22:24 “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:”
Proverbs 26:18-19 “As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?” - I was just joking
Proverbs 22:24-25 “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”
Proverbs 29:24 “Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.”
Proverbs 29:22 “An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.”
Proverbs 15:18 “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”
Proverbs 14:21 “He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.”
Proverbs 16:28 “A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”
Proverbs 6:1 “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,”
Proverbs 17:9 “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” - Some things should be overlooked, but don’t keep doing it.
Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” - Sometimes instead of a pat on the back I need a kick in the butt.
Proverbs 15:32 “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.”
Low self esteem-despiseth his own soul
Learning who you are-getting understanding
When you allow friends to speak into your life about the parts of you that are dead and need to be cut out and respond to them you gain understanding of yourself.
Proverbs 1:31 “Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.”
Proverbs 10:17 “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.”
Gain instruction gain life
It is a small thing that leads you astray.
Proverbs 13:18 “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.”
Poverty – shame
Proverbs 12:1 “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.”
Proverbs 29:1 “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”
Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
Don’t crush someone’s spirit!
If you are going to criticize:
1. Make sure you have a platform in their life
2. Do it in private
3. Don’t crush their spirit
4. Never do it out of anger
5. Do it slowly, thoughtfully & prayerfully
Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
When iron sharpens iron there is heat and sparks.
We choose how we respond to conflict.
One of the worst things you can do is shoot from the hip.
If things are getting heated you should check the following at the door:
1. Pride - Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
2. Anger - Proverbs 15:18 “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”
3. Words - Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
How to win at conflict:
Don’t be impulsive – Proverbs 25:18 “A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.”
Don’t meddle – Proverbs26:17 “He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.”
Know consequences – Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
Get input - Proverbs 20:18 “Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.”
Don’t bring up what others said - Proverbs 25:9-10 “Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.”
Don’t keep adding wood, let the fire go out - Proverbs 26:20 “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.”
Get them a gift - Proverbs 21:14 “A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.”
Interesting friendship verses:
Proverbs 27:14 – “He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.”
Proverbs 25:17 – “Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.”
Proverbs 25:20 – “As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.”
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