I'm so blessed to talk to people who are reading Proverbs and finding wisdom for their life.
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, "
9 No one can say, "I am innocent;
I have never done anything wrong." NCV
Sometimes we all need to be reminded that everyone has sinned. There are instances where we are the "innocent party", but the truth is everyone has fallen short of the glory of God. Stop and think about that right now. Do you currently have a situation in your everyday life that relates to this truth? Is there something God has wanted to deal with you about, but you've refused to admit even to yourself that you've been in the wrong? Do you need to admit your sin and repent? Is there a situation with someone in your everyday life where you've refused to listen to someone else's perspective to the point you've maintained you are right and they are totally wrong? If so it is entirely possible that you are missing something through self-righteousness. There are times where we have to stand fast because of righteousness, but even then we must guard our attitudes. When we keep in mind that we've all sinned and our righteousness comes through the blood of Jesus we are more likely to refrain from allowing ourselves the "luxury" of putting the blame on everyone else while avoiding examining our own heart.
1 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
Those led astray by drink cannot be wise. NLT
Alcohol and drugs may seem to bring pleasure...but they produce harm to a persons life and that of their family members. People wake up one day to realize that they've wasted their lives and hurt the ones they love. That is not wisdom and it produces only pain and hard-ache. There are many snared by this problem. Thank Father God for His ability to bring deliverance to those who ask in Jesus Name. The last statement in the Proverb puts God's heart in perspective...."they cannot be wise"....Father God wants them to have freedom from drink because if they are not free they can never really act in wisdom.
Here are a few more verses I'd like to highlight. What are some verses in Chapter 20 that spoke to you as you read today.
11 Even children are known by the way they act,
whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. NLT
7 The godly walk with integrity;
blessed are their children who follow them.
10 False weights and unequal measuresa]">[a]—
the Lord detests double standards of every kind.