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Day 17 Proverbs Challenge: The Christian Cover-Up

by Sharman J. Monroe

“He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love,
But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.”

Proverbs 17:9 (AMP)

We see and hear a lot everyday. We see somebody engaging in behavior we think is wrong or somebody tells us something negative about somebody else. You get into an argument with someone. The person you were relying to do something doesn’t. You get offended. You are hurt.

That’s life on a planet inhabited by people who are different from you with different likes and dislikes, different opinions, different desires and so on. Conflict will happen. But we don’t have to talk about all the conflict in our lives or repeat who did what to whom. When we say something negative about someone to another person, we diminish that person’s opinion of the other. Soon that person looks at them negatively and looses respect for them. That person may begin to treat them badly and also say negative things about them. This is not godly behavior (Gal 5:22). When conflict happens with another person, work it out with that person, not in the court of public opinion (Matt 18:15). When you hear something negative about another, unless someone’s safety is at issue, keep it to yourself (Prov. 26:20). Cover each other. Unbeknownst to you, you will be covered in return.

As my mom used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”

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Day 14 Proverbs Challenge: Strength for the Journey

by Sharman J. Monroe

“Where no oxen are, the trough is clean;
But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”

Proverbs 14:4 (NJKV)

I’m the kind of person who starts a project on Monday and wants to complete it perfectly by Friday. I don’t want to face any hiccups or any adversity from people or anything negative. I want everything to go smoothly and effortlessly. Everyone I approach says yes and all the pieces fall seamlessly into place. Ta-dah! But that is not reality. Sometimes life goes smoothly, but most of the time it does not.

The Word teaches us that smooth sailing 100% of the time is not reality. Jesus warned us that in this world we would have tribulation — trials, trouble, distress — but let us know that He conquered the tribulations (John 16:33). First Corinthians 16:9 says, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” Oh, great! Continue reading

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Day 11 Proverbs Challenge: Open Your Hand

by Sharman J. Monroe

“There is the one who [generously] scatters [abroad], and yet increases all the more;
And there is the one who withholds what is justly due, but it results only in want and poverty.”

Proverbs 11:24 (AMP)

The world economy is self-based. Get stuff and keep your stuff to yourself. After all, you worked for it. Make sure your stuff is bigger and better than your neighbor’s stuff. Hoard your money, time, skills and talents. There’s no such thing as free; everything has a price tag attached to it. I got mine and no one helped me so I’m not gonna help you get yours.

God’s economy, however, is selfless-based. Continue reading

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Day 8 Proverbs Challenge: Nothing but the Truth

by Sharman J. Monroe

For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Proverbs 8:7 (NJKV)

 

“Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?” This is the oath a witness takes before testifying in court. The court needs to hear the truth so it can come to a fair resolution of the issue at hand. Sometimes the witness tells the whole truth. Sometimes the witness tells the truth — as he or she sees it — and sometimes the witness lies. Very often, we have a problem with telling the truth. It has to fight through fear, doubt, anger, jealousy, unforgiveness, hidden agendas and embarrassment to make it to the light and sometimes it just doesn’t make it. Don’t you wish you could count on people to always be truthful? Continue reading

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