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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wisdom’s Great Gain: Showing Grace & Mercy Towards Others: Proverbs 11:16-18

16) A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches.
17) The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but [he that is] cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18) The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.

In this next section of Proverbs, Solomon explains that the necessity and ability to perform acts of grace and mercy is given to us through the application of wisdom.

What is meant by “grace” and “mercy” ?

1.  When we speak of treating others graciously, we are describing the act of GIVING that which is BENEFICIAL to those that are UNDESERVING of the benefit.

For example, one way the Lord has graced us is by granting to us forgiveness of our sins when we did not deserve to be forgiven.

2.  When we speak of mercy, we are describing the WITHHOLDING of that which is HARMFUL from those who are DESERVING of it.

By way of example, the Lord has shown us mercy by withholding the Lake of Fire from us even though we deserve to spend an eternity there.

EXPOSITION:

16) A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches.
1. A gracious woman receives, and keeps, the respect, admiration and esteem of others.
2. She is much like a man who obtains, and guards, that which is valuable through the use of physical strength

Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”   (Proverbs 31:30-31)

 

17) The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but [he that is] cruel troubleth his own flesh.
1.  A man who displays mercy towards others benefits his own physical earthly life.  By showing mercy, he is gaining respect, admiration and the friendship of others around him. (Just like the woman described above)
2.  A man that is violent, deadly, unforgiving only harms his life on earth.  He makes enemies of others, causes grudges to be held against him and causes separation and strife with those around him.

[Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?   Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.  Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I [am]. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;  And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday:  And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.  And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”   (Isaiah 58:7-12)

Because he hath oppressed [and] hath forsaken the poor; [because] he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;  Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.  There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.  In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.  [When] he is about to fill his belly, [God] shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain [it] upon him while he is eating.   (Job 20:19-23)

 

18) The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.
1.  Those that are unforgiving and unloving, guilty and condemned in God’s sight, lead a misleading life of deceit.
2.  However, those who lead a life of grace and mercy in actions and speech will certainly receive future blessings for their faithfulness.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”   (Galatians 6:8-9)

SUMMARY:

As the Lord’s children, we are to live lives that exhibit grace and mercy to those around us.  In doing so, we are not only setting a good example of kindness and forgiveness, but are also displaying an imperfect image of the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.   Therefore, may we all, through the application of wisdom to our life, display grace and mercy to all those around us.  In doing so we will be not only helping others, and securing rewards for our benefit but especially we will be glorifying our Lord Jesus.

May we all choose to speak words of wisdom, knowing that they will result in blessings to both the speaker and the hearers.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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5 Comments

  1. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Good morning Rob , this post is so deep , to be gracious and kind , is the essence to love one another.Thank you for your support.Blessings jalal Michael

  2. Debbie says:

    Mercy was the word I felt He wanted me to chose to think about this year, Pastor Rob. Thank you for furthering that with this post! God bless you!

  3. May we all show forth His love, mercy and grace to all we encounter.

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