• Discerning Rebuke Devotional

    Proverbs 17:9-10

    Love and wisdom must govern our speech and how we hear the words of others. We are to speak the truth in love, not seeking to crush sensitive souls but to build them up in Christ. This requires discernment. Understanding a rebuke given to us takes discernment as well, for sometimes rebuke comes to us from a fool. Pursuing wisdom involves discerning whether the words spoken to us are appropriate. Seeking counsel from many wise people is one way to gain this discernment. View Resource

  • True Friendship Devotional

    Proverbs 17:17

    Although Jesus is far more than a friend to us, we are blessed indeed to be counted as friends of His (John 15:13–15). Because His love is not finally grounded in what we are but who He is, we can be confident that Jesus is the one friend who will never leave us or forsake us. He is with us in every adversity, having promised never to leave us or forsake us. Other people will let us down, but Jesus will remain with us even on our darkest days. View Resource

  • The Trap of Vain Glory Devotional

    Proverbs 17:19

    Read Philippians 2:1–11 and Galatians 5:13–26. Have you pursued earthly success in order to fulfill your ambition? If so, consider giving up those positions or pursuits in obedience to God. In what other ways do you seek to exalt yourself? Examine your motives and confess ways in which you seek your own glory. View Resource

  • The Good Medicine of Joy Devotional

    Proverbs 17:22

    A cheerful heart does not pretend that all is well, and it grieves at the appropriate time (Eccl. 7:2). A cheerful heart responds appropriately to a given situation, all the while possessing a deep and enduring peace that enables one to trust in the Lord and know that He is the source of true, eternal joy. A cheerful heart may not always show itself with a smile, but even when it is not in happy circumstances, it is confident that an eternal weight of glory is being prepared for us (2 Cor. 4:17). View Resource