Proverbs 3:1-2 says,
My child, do not forget my teaching.
Keep my commands in mind.
Then you will live a long time.
And your life will be successful (ICB).
The NIV Bible says that it will bring you peace and prosperity. I don't know about you, but I want that kind of life. So how do you not forget God's teaching? When you have a test or exam you might revise the content and practice over and over again, memorise important definitions and formulas and put important information on your pin up board or somewhere you will see it. You don't just read the text book once and hope that it sticks. It's the same when you study and memorise the Bible. You can:
Romans 12:8 says, if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Some versions say mercy, which is kindness and compassion. Everyone should be kind, compassionate and merciful. Ephesians 4:32 says, Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. You might have the gift of mercy if you are drawn to people who need help, are suffering, or in a difficult situation. If people look for you when they need someone to talk to, if you enjoy volunteering and helping in practical ways, you may have the gift of mercy or kindness. Regardless of whether you have the gift or not, you should be kind to everyone, all of the time.
Proverbs 1:1-4 says, These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
Verse one tells us that Solomon, the son of King David, is one of the authors of the book of Proverbs. The word for proverbs in the ancient Hebrew means sentences of ethical wisdom. Barnes' Notes on the Bible describes the book of Proverbs as an ethical guidebook for the young.*
The ancient Hebrew word for wisdom means the ability or skill to do something well. Biblical wisdom is the ability to do life well.
Proverbs 1:1-4 tells us that the purpose of the book of Proverbs is to:
We're going to look at some wisdom from the book of Proverbs so here's an overview by The Bible Project.
God is glorified, when we are fully alive in him - when we read the Bible, talk to him in prayer, worship him, give generously, help others, find joy and hold on to hope despite life's difficulties, when we put our phones down and connect with people, when we enjoy his creation, etc.
Romans 12:8 says, If one has the gift of being a leader, he should try hard when he leads (International Children's Bible). Here is that verse in some different Bible translations:
If we are leaders, we should do our best (Contemporary English Version).
Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it (Easy-to-Read Version).
If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously (New Living Translation).
If it is to lead, do it diligently (New International Version).
The word for lead in Ancient Greek means to rule over. More specifically, it means to lead by example. The Ancient Greek work for diligently in the Ancient Greek can be translated quickly, eagerly and carefully. Most Bible experts believe that Paul is talking about leadership in the church in this passage, but I think that anyone who is in leadership should take their responsibility seriously.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 has some qualifications for those in leadership. They must:
Leadership is a big responsibility and those who have the gift of leadership should take their responsibility very seriously. Most people who have the gift of leadership are older, but many teenagers and young adults lead at kid's church and youth group. Can you think of some people with the gift of leadership at your church?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.