Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down. Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet. Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad. The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger. If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright. Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both. If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever. A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire. Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond. Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them. A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent. An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor. The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright. Vs 1-27
Those who are continually reprimanded for their wrongdoing will be destroyed if they don’t turn from their wicked ways; God is not only loving and gracious, He’s also a just God. A person who hardens his heart to God will become entangled by his own wicked ways and suffer the wrath of God.
How do you know if you’re a good leader? Look to the people being led. Are they thriving in what they are being led to do or are they complaining about what they are being taught? I think the best leaders are those who lead by example. I’m more motivated to follow someone who has shown me what to do, not just told me. What motivates you to follow someone?
It’s up to parents to offer correction to their children. A child does not stop being the child of a parent just because they’re an adult. They will always be their child. It’s always a parent’s responsibility to offer correction, or advice to their children. Proper discipline gives your children knowledge and an understanding of what is good and acceptable. When we stop offering our children counsel, they can easily be led astray.
When God reveals His will for you, its important to trust His plan and take a step toward it. If we don’t show, in our actions, we trust God will enable us, we can become our own stumbling block. If we worry about what others will think of us when we act upon God’s calling on our life, we are allowing men to be our stumbling block. The Lord protects those who seek Him. Can others tell you trust God through your actions?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the gift of family. I pray we would always treat family with love, compassion and respect, Amen.