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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

November 7, 2014

Friday

 

Proverbs 17:27

 

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

 

LESSON

 

David demonstrated “bridling of the tongue” and “equanimity of spirit” when he refused to react to Shimei’s cursing of him, and when he refused to let Abishi take vengeance for Shimei. Control of speech is a prime mark of wisdom and understanding. Those who have mastered this art possess a ‘calm spirit’; no steam or smoke obscures their speech. They say what they mean and mean what they say.

Prudence of speech is commended as is an excellent or calm spirit, not excited to vain conversation. An attitude to understanding is what a nail in the middle of the road is to your tire.

 

Memory verse: Ecclesiastes 7:9

 

 

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