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

 

Earthly Blessings From The Lord: Friendship: Proverbs 27:3-6

3) A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath [is] heavier than them both.
4) Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?
5) Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.
6) Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to several different earthly blessings that given to us by our gracious Lord…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be looking at the blessing of friendship compared to estrangement caused by anger…

3) A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath [is] heavier than them both.
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should avoid uncontrolled anger…
1.  A foundation stone is painfully heavy and sand is a burden
2.  The hot uncontrolled anger of those who do not apply God’s Word to their lives is more of a burden.

A stone used in foundations (massive and strong) is much like wet sand, both are so heavy it produces pain when it is lifted and moved.  However, the hot anger that is carried around by those who reject God’s Word creates much more pain and difficulty for themselves.  Due to their hot anger, they mistreat and harm others constantly which brings upon themselves enmity and recompense from those they have abused.

It is this type of anger that will separate between the closest of friends and place a lasting enmity between them.

For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.”   (Job 5:2)

 

4) Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should avoid envy…
1.  Hot, uncontrolled anger is fierce and unrelenting
2.  Uncontrolled passionate opposition overwhelms as a flood
3.  Who is able to remain unmovable in the path of jealousy?

Another great destroyer of friendship is jealousy.  Although extremely harmful, in some cases, anger and cruelty can be overcome by resolving whatever issue(s) is causing the enmity.  However, when it comes to jealousy, it is very difficult to satisfy those who are envious of our persons or possessions.

And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,   Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  (Romans 1:28-32)

5) Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should cultivate open, honest, beneficial relationships …
1.  Correction that is done in the sight of all is more desired and beneficial
2.  than a love that is unrevealed

As difficult as it is to accept public correction, when done from a motive of love and concern, it can be a wonderful gift that can work lasting benefits in our life.  This is far better than someone who keeps their concern and love a secret, and in doing so, will not give kind words of correction when needed.

When we think about it, what good is it to love someone when we are not willing to intervene in their life and attempt to help them at every opportunity?  True friendship will “step up” and do what is difficult to help a friend when they need it.

He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.”   (Proverbs 28:23)

6) Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should promote faithfulness…
1.  Beneficial and trusted is the pain given from a friend.
2.  Misleading and ravaging are the gentle touches of one who opposes us.

Although many times, needed counsel and criticism can bring us short term pain, when we know it is coming from someone who is concerned for our welfare, we know it was meant to profit us.  However, when we receive outward displays of affection from those who are motivated by personal gain and antagonism,  we must realize they are only meant to deceive and work eventual harm to us.

One of the ultimate blessings of friendship is knowing that a true friend can be trusted at all times.  We can rely on them to only do what is for our best motivated from a heart of love and concern.

Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a kindness: and let him reprove me; [it shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities.”   (Psalms 141:5)

SUMMARY:

One of the greatest, and perhaps overlooked, earthly blessings from the Lord is the blessings of friendship.  When we possess a true friend we can know that they can be counted on to always do what is for our benefit whether help in times of need or correction to get us back on track.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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13 Comments

  1. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    A very powerful lesson in truth. Thank you my friend for sharing your awesome gifts with us that we may partake of God’s blessings as we set down at His table of grace.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Verses five and six really spoke to me tonight. Thank you.

  4. God's Group says:

    […] Written byRob Barkman,  a pastor for 20 years…for “Settled in Heaven Ministries”, that can be found at the following link:   https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/sihs-think-on-these-things-proverbs-273-6/ […]

  5. […] I write today, to expound on writing I posted last Saturday, done by Rob Barkman…a brother in Christ, and a pastor for 20 years…  Here is the link to this writing; I would urge all of you to spend a few minutes reading it…especially part 5 and 6…   https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/sihs-think-on-these-things-proverbs-273-6/ […]

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