Explanation: The sign of a truly wise believer is the love of discipline, or correction. When we love God, we also love to do the right thing. We love that when we are going in the wrong direction, we are pulled aside, and corrected by the elders of the Church. If you hate to be corrected, the LORD calls you stupid. This is plain and clearly stated in verse 1. The LORD is pleased when we have good in our hearts for God's cause and for all at all times. The LORD condemns those who are wicked. Those who plan to do evil; you are against God. Wickedness cannot give security. Only the righteous stand firm. Even in marriage; when you practice good character, you are your spouse's pride and joy. A wicked spouse is like cancer in the bones. Honesty is better than dishonesty. Dishonesty is the same as murder. Truthful words are like medicine. Evil people often leave no legacy; no descendants; but the families of the righteous will live on. Their families are prosperous; fruitful. They are blessed for a thousand generations. If you live righteously; you will be praised. If not, people will look down on you. It is better to be an ordinary person working for a living than to play the part of someone great, but then go hungry. Good people take care even of their animals, but wicked people are evil and cruel to theirs. A hard-working farmer has plenty; but it is foolish to waste time on stupid projects that don't lead to anything prosperous. For example, sometimes people waste their time, money and effort on illegal gambling, drug dealing, prostitution, and similar things. The farmer, though he may seem to be doing bull work, he can peacefully sit at his table and enjoy plenty. People that choose illegal gain methods, many times lose even their lives. Being wicked is not worth it. The wicked are trapped by their own words, but an honest person can easily get themselves out of any trouble. Your reward depends on what you say, and what you do; you will get what you deserve. Stupid people always think they are right; you can't tell or teach them anything, they can never be corrected. Wise people listen to advice. They do not mind taking advice from others; even if they are younger than themselves. They understand that one person doesn't know it all. When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known by showing anger and even using physical force. Smart people know how to ignore an insult. It's not in their best interest to even give mind to insults; we know where it leads many times even to jail or the grave. Things can escalate quickly. Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wise words can heal. A lie has but short life. Lies don't get very far. They die shortly after they're told. Eventually the truth will be discovered. The truth lives on forever whether it be good or bad. We cannot change the truth or the facts of anything that has been said or done. Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise. Those who work for good will find happiness. the LORD hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word. Smart people keep quiet about what they know. It is better to wait for the right time to speak about what you know. But, stupid people advertise their ignorance. Many times foolish people go on speaking about things that they are not sure are even factual. Hard work gives you power while laziness results in slavery for others. If you work hard, you can work for yourself. If you are lazy, you will have to work to make others rich. Worry can rob you of your joy or happiness, but kind words will cheer you up. A person that does not have God's assurance, will worry about everything. But a person of faith lives assured in His LORD and Creator. A Godly person that has love will be able to lovingly cheer you up with words of wisdom and encouragement. The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray. Someone who is righteous will give you good advice. They will help you to prosper in spirit, in your walk of faith, with your finances, with your relationships, etc. But someone who is wicked will encourage you to do the wrong thing. Often you will find destruction in your life that comes in many forms such as job loss, divorce, jail, and many other consequences. Righteousness is the road to life and prosperity. Wickedness is the road to death.
Leaders should be trustworthy (Exodus 18: 21)-Exodus 18:21 (NIV) But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Leaders look out for the people's best interest (Numbers 27: 16-17)-Numbers 27:16 (NIV) “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community. Numbers 27:17 (NIV) to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
Leaders should represent God in their decisions (2 Chronicles 19: 5-7)-2 Chronicles 19:5 (NIV) He appointed judges in the land, in each of the fortified cities of Judah. 2 Chronicles 19:6 (NIV) He told them, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. 2 Chronicles 19:7 (NIV) Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.”
Leaders should receive advice (Proverbs 11: 14)-Proverbs 11:14 (NIV) For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
Leaders must serve others (Matthew 20: 26-28)-Matthew 20:26 (NIV) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:27 (NIV) and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--Matthew 20:28 (NIV) just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Leaders should sacrifice for others (John 10: 11)-John 10:11 (NIV) “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Leaders should be obeyed (Romans 13: 1-4)-Romans 13:1 (NIV) Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:2 (NIV) Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:3 (NIV) For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. Romans 13:4 (NIV) For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
Leaders give an account to God for their actions (Hebrews 13: 17)-Hebrews 13:17 (NIV) Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
Laziness can ruin you (Proverbs 6: 6-11)-Proverbs 6:6 (NIV) Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! Proverbs 6:7 (NIV) It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, Proverbs 6:8 (NIV) yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:9 (NIV) How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? Proverbs 6:10 (NIV) A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--Proverbs 6:11 (NIV) and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Laziness can make you poor (Proverbs 10: 4-5)-Proverbs 10:4 (NIV) Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:5 (NIV) He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Lazy people work for others (Proverbs 12: 24)-Proverbs 12:24 (NIV) Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
Lazy people make excuses (Proverbs 22: 13)-Proverbs 22:13 (NIV) The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”
Lazy people oversleep (Proverbs 26: 14)-Proverbs 26:14 (NIV) As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
Encourage lazy people to work (1 Thessalonians 5: 14)-1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV) And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Lazy people should not be allowed to be freeloaders (2 Thessalonians 3: 10)-2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV) For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”