3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart. NLT
The Lord test the heart. Think about that a minute. Fire brings the impurities of silver and gold to the surface...and likewise God has ways to test our heart that surely bring our impurities to the forefront of our lives where we are confronted with the truth. It can be scary to allow God to show us what is inside, yet if we realize that Holy Spirit wants to bring us to a place of being conformed to the image of Jesus and He has our best interest at heart we are comforted. Indeed we desire those impurities to be removed from our lives. This verse reminds me of a faithful verse that I read often.
Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life NLT
Don't be sucked in by temptation
8 A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper! NLT
What? I can't believe that verse says that...it can't mean that...can it??? Wow. When I read this it floored me. It is not the first time I've read Proverbs but it is the first time I've "seen" it presented this way. Though I didn't highlight one of them I've already read Proverbs that say bribes are bad...something I already know anyway. So what is up with this? I'm tempted to pretend I didn't see it. Can't do that successfully though..it would bug me too much and what if someone ask me about it later. A look at other versions shows the word translated "gift" many use the word bribe. So which is it. Some study shows that it is a satire about how people are drawn into bribes for the gift and definitely is not advocating bribes. Thank God...mystery solved.
Here are a few more verses that were interesting to me.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— both are detestable to the Lord. NLT
17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. NLT
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. NLT
27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. NLT
What verse or verses did Holy Spirit talk to you about today?