Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 9

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If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different—they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it
. Proverbs 9:7-10 (TM)

This is an interesting verse to read during a week in which I’m doing a lot of call coaching for a client. I have coached "arrogant cynics" and have been figuratively slapped by their attitude. I’ve confronted bad behavior and scoffers have "kicked" me for it. But the vast majority of those I’ve coached care about their jobs, their customers, and life. They will take what I’ve shared and use it to profitable ends. At the end of the day, those are the people who make it all worthwhile.
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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 9”

  1. I’m up in Minneapolis at a meeting and these meetings in big cities never cease to amaze me. Proverbs has been talking about Wisdom and making good choices and there are so many people who do not! It becomes quite obvious and sad to me that most people live only for their own gratification and no other Purpose. I praise God that we can focus on Him. I want to be wise….you?

  2. ‘confront bad behavior and get a kick in the’ …shins…sometimes it feels like a kick in the…well okay – not the shins.
    Teachable people who care about life, respond so differently; correction and confrontation often lead to conflict – and then change or acceptance can lead to peace and improved behavior.

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