"DEVELOPING A RIGHT SPIRIT"
Proverbs 25:15, 28; 26:17
INTRODUCTION: The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. And really, Solomon only wrote what God told him to write. So, yes, Solomon penned the words, but it was God who has given us this instruction book of life.
In the few verses I've read, as well as in numerous other verses we don't have time to read, one thing stands out: God expects His people to exhibit a spirit that best reflects the character of Christ. Our manners, our speech, our behavior...everything about us must point to Jesus. The only way we can do that is by developing a right spirit.
In Psalm 51:10, David's desire was to have the right kind of spirit. He prayed to the Lord, Lord, "...renew a right spirit within me."
Three things this evening:
I. A Soft-Spoken Spirit
II. A Self-Controlling Spirit
III. A Snoopy-Meddlesome Spirit
I. A SOFT-SPOKEN SPIRIT (25:15)
Look at (vs. 11), A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
1. When we think of Jesus, we don't think of an angry
person--someone who was sharp and cutting—someone who uses bitter words. No, Jesus was just the opposite. He was soft and meek; He was patient and kind. And aren't we supposed to be like Him? Of course, we are.
SONG: Thomas Chisholm wrote the song, "O to Be Like Thee!
O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer,
This my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I'll forfeit all of earth's treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.
First of importance:
A. We should think before we speak
1. Proverbs 16:1 states: The pre ...
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