Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23:1-35


OVERVIEWReminders for healthy living.

BIG IDEABelievers are TO DO some things and NOT TO DO other things.

KEY VERSEProverbs 23:26
O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

I love you and have laid out a path for you to follow. The path doesn’t guarantee riches or a beautiful home, but it does provide meaning and purpose for life. It will produce joy and energy and hope that many will find contagious. My plan is good! Follow me and stay on the path I have laid out before you.

And stop worrying about failing. When you emphasize what you can’t do, you focus on the wrong thing. Instead, think about what you can do and why it’s essential. For example, treat others with respect and tell the truth—you will earn their respect and, possibly, develop trusted friends. Celebrate others’ success. Authentically care for them and rejoice over their good favor. It will prevent envy from strangling your heart and will develop your ability to listen and care. My boundaries for your life are not meant to hinder you but to release you. I want you to be free to enjoy all I have for you.

Saying ‘no’ to one thing is saying ‘yes’ to another. What is one thing you can say ‘no’ to today that allows you to say ‘yes’ to God, instead?