Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Twenty

As I read and reflected on the wise sayings of Proverbs 20, I felt drawn to this saying: “It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right” (Proverbs 20:11).  I observe many in American society today who use their words to try to make themselves known.  Many talk a good game and by their words are mighty in valor and in strength, eagerly saying what they would do in a given situation.  On the other hand, I know a few people who are people of action rather than words.  By their deeds, by their actions and conduct they make themselves known as people of faith, followers of Christ.  Their compassion and their good deeds are not done to seek fame or favor.  Their actions are done out of a sincere heart that loves the Lord and seeks to demonstrate faith in Him through action.  Such people rarely have to use words to make themselves known.  Everyone knows them by their deeds.

Recently, I participated in a memorial service for a very dear friend and brother in Christ.  During the service, a number of people stepped forward to share how my friend had helped them in multiple ways, demonstrating his faith in Christ and his love for people by his actions.  Weeks after the memorial service, I am still encountering people who tell me of my friend and how he impacted their life through his actions.  Yes, a young man makes himself known (distinguishes himself) if his conduct is pure and right.  What does your conduct say about you?


~ by brotherfaron on October 20, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Twenty”

  1. Well this chapter is full of familiar verses! Today verse 25 is the standout. “It is a snare for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!” and after the vows to make inquiry.” In this day and age of an abundance of Bible scholars, authors, speakers, etc. it is very easy to jump on the next passing bandwagon of “christian” program. We are cautioned by the writer of Proverbs to avoid the snare of such enthusiasm.

    Paul also challenges us to become as the Bereans and check out every teaching before embracing it. This should be our MO when we are presented with any new program, Sunday School material or Bible study. Find out who wrote, their background, training, etc. Even then, we should always pray through what we are reading.

    I am always a little wary of something that appeals to masses of people across the board. You know, “wide is the way and many are they who travel it…”

    • Thoughtful insight…seems that there are many today who will run to a “crowd-pleasing” large church without taking time to consider its teaching and its doctrine. Nothing wrong with large churches per se, but we do need to carefully discern the straight gate and “narrow way” that few find according to the bible. May God help us to study His Word that we prove ourselves to be workmen who need not be ashamed!

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