unCommon Sense – “Tug of War”
We need principles that anchor us when we have pressure that pulls us.
We are in a constant tug of war…
- Between being wise and looking wise
Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
- Between responding and reacting.
Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
- Between listening to our gut or listening to guidance.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
- Between being selfish or selfless.
Proverbs 14:21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
- Between being friendly or being a friend.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
A true friend shows up
Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A true friend enters in
Proverbs 25:20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
A true friend speaks truth
Proverbs 27:5-6 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
A true friend offers growth
Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.