Building or Destroying? (Proverbs 14:1-3)

Faith proves itself over time. How you live will show what you really believe. In Proverbs 14:2, the Bible observes that a person who “fears the Lord” will be someone who “walks in his uprightness,” while the person who acts wickedly shows that they actually “despise” or reject the Lord. The godly woman (and man) will build a strong family knit together by Christian love (Proverbs 14:1). But the ungodly person destroys their own home with their words and actions. In the same way, the foolish man (or woman) brings hardship into their life through complaining, lying, and gossiping, but the wise person actually protects their life by seasoning their speech with grace and kindness.

What kind of person are you right now? What kind of person are you becoming? Are you building up or destroying your own life? How about the lives of your family and friends? If you focus on loving and obeying Jesus, then you will be a builder and helper in the work of His kingdom. At the same time, you will lay a foundation of righteousness for your future family that will honor your Lord and Savior. The time to begin fearing the Lord with your ways is now, with a lifetime of Christian living ahead of you. Take the yoke of Christ upon you now, in your youth. You will never regret the decision.

The Text (Proverbs 14:1-3)

14 The wise woman builds her house,
    but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
    but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
    but the lips of the wise protect them.

Questions to Think About

  1. Do you do more building or tearing down of others with your words? Explain.
  2. Would your friends and family describe you as someone who “fears the Lord”? Why or why not?
  3. What are you doing now to lay a foundation for a lifetime of godly service to Christ?

In Christ,

Mr. Reel

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