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Digging for Spiritual Gems, JB Proverbs 12-16
How do the wise and the foolish respond to insults or unjust criticisms? Solomon answers: “It is a foolish person that makes known his vexation in the same day, but the shrewd one is covering over a dishonor.”—
When he is slighted, a foolish person gives an angry response quickly—“in the same day.” But a prudent individual prays for God’s spirit so as to exercise self-control. He takes time to meditate on the advice of God’s Word and appreciatively ponders Jesus’ words: “Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other also to him.” (
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/bc/r1/lp-e/2003206/14/0Matthew 5:39) Desiring to “return evil for evil to no one,” the shrewd person restrains his lips from speaking thoughtlessly. (
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/bc/r1/lp-e/2003206/15/0Romans 12:17) When we similarly cover over any dishonor that we may encounter, we avoid further contention.
Proverbs 12:23 How does one ‘cover knowledge’? Covering knowledge does not mean that one does not display it at all. Rather, it means that one displays knowledge discreetly, not making a showy display of it by bragging.
Proverbs 16:2 “The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate,” says the Bible. (
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/bc/r1/lp-e/2007365/10/0Jeremiah 17:9) Our figurative heart is prone to self-justification and self-deception. Warning of this danger, King Solomon of ancient Israel says: “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but Jehovah is making an estimate of spirits.”—
Self-love may cause us to justify our errors, camouflage bad personality traits, and be blind to our own badness. Jehovah, though, cannot be deceived. He is making an estimate of spirits. A person’s spirit is his or her dominant mental inclination and is connected to the heart. To a large extent, its development depends on the activity of the figurative heart, which involves such things as our thoughts, emotions, and motives. The spirit is what “the examiner of hearts” estimates, and his judgments are free from favoritism or partiality. We are wise to guard our spirit.
Proverbs 16:32 Controlling our anger is a sign of strength, whereas giving vent to it is proof of weakness. (
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/bc/r1/lp-e/2000163/43/0Proverbs 16:32) Both in the family and in the congregation, the goal is to instill love—love of Jehovah, love of one another, and love of right principles. Love is the strongest bond of union and the strongest motivation for doing what is right.—
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/bc/r1/lp-e/2000163/44/01 Corinthians 13:8,
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/bc/r1/lp-e/2000163/44/2 Colossians 3:14.