It’s the 13th day of the month which means we all should be reading and studying chapter 13 of Proverbs.
Today I will use verses 5 and 6 for my foundational verse which states, “The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.”
That’s finding on your new job that your name is written on the door in chalk–and there’s a wet sponge hanging next to it.
Theme: “Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.” Proverbs 13:6
If you have read chapter 13 already, then you see that in verse 5 we are presented with two type of persons, the godly, and the wicked person.
Using only this chapter, let’s work on understanding what God’s Word has to say about each type of person.
Lesson #1: 23 ways that godliness guards a godly person
- A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline (v.1)
- They use wise words which wins them a good meal (v.2)
- They control their tongue, which leads to a long life (v.3)
- Those who work hard will prospers (v.4)
- The godly hates lies (v.5)
- They are blameless and their path is guarded by godliness (v.6)
- Some are rich but pretends to be poor (v.7)
- They can pay a ransom for their lives (v.8)
- The life of the godly is full of light and joy (v.9)
- They are wise because they take advice (v.10)
- Their wealth grows over time from hard work (v.11)
- They succeed because they respect a command (v.13)
- Their instruction is like a life-giving fountain, those who accept it avoid the snares of death (v.14)
- They have good sense and are respected (v.15)
- Wise people think before they act (v.16)
- They are reliable messengers who bring healing (v.17)
- They are honored because they accept correction (v.18)
- They see their dreams come true, and how pleasant is that? (v.19)
- They walk with the wise and they become wiser (v.20)
- The righteous are rewarded with blessings (v.21)
- Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren (v.22)
- They love their children enough to discipline them (v.24)
- The godly eat to their heart’s content (v.25)
Lesson #2: 22 ways the wicked cause shame and disgrace:
- They are mockers and they refuse to listen to correction (v.1)
- They are treacherous and have an appetite for violence (v.2)
- They do not control their tongue, they open their mouths and ruin everything (v.3)
- They are lazy and want much but gets little (v.4)
- They are wicked and cause shame and disgrace (v.5)
- They are evil and misled by sin (v.6)
- They are poor but pretend to be rich (v.7)
- They can’t pay a ransom for their lives, they won’t even get threatened (v.8)
- They are wicked and their light will be snuffed out (v.9)
- Their pride leads to conflict (v.10)
- Their wealth quickly disappears from get-rich-quick schemes (v.11)
- They are asking for trouble because they despise advice (v.13)
- They are treacherous and are headed for destruction (v.15)
- They are fools who don’t think before they act, they even brag about their foolishness (v.16)
- They are unreliable messengers who stumble into trouble (v.17)
- They end in poverty and disgrace because they ignore constructive criticism (v.18)
- They are fools who refuse to turn from evil to attain their dreams (v.19)
- They associate with fools and get in trouble (v.20)
- They are sinners and trouble chases them (v.21)
- They are sinners and their wealth passes to the godly (v.22)
- They spare the rod of discipline which shows that they hate their children (v.24)
- They are wicked and their belly goes hungry (v.25)
- Verse 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life
- Verse 19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them
- Verse 23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away
- How are you at accepting your parent’s discipline?
- How are you at accepting the LORD’s discipline?
- Do you have an appetite for violence?
- Have you ever open your mouth and just ruin everything?
- Do you want much but get little in life?
- Do you find that you cause shame and disgrace?
- Have you every pretended to be rich?
- Do you find that your life is full of light and joy?
- Are you really willing to work hard to see your wealth grow over time?
- Do you want to be respected or find yourself headed for destruction?
Memory Verse: Proverbs 13:19 “It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.”
Ways that godliness guards a godly person, and ways the wicked cause shame and disgrace, choose very carefully, you will either be respected or find yourself headed for destruction!