Saturday, August 28, 2010

Apologetics Toolkit: Nuggets from Proverbs 18

Today's post will take a few moments to reflect on some verses found in the 18th chapter of Proverbs. (Check out for a nice new online Bible interface here). The particular verses highlighted below bring to mind important conversational principles that seem to apply to apologetics, evangelism, and personal interaction.

 Proverbs 18:2
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Is our goal understanding, or expressing our own opinion? Are we willing to listen to the opinion of others? Are we quick to listen and slow to speak?

Proverbs 18:6-7
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul
Are we looking for arguments, or seeking to win souls? Do we guard our words? Are we aware of the attitudes and spirit of those to whom we are speaking?

Proverbs 18:13
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Do we let others communicate and share, or are we waiting just to talk? Do we fully understand the issues and concerns, or are we pigeon-holing the person we are talking to?

Proverbs 18:15
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Are we trying to learn from those we converse with? Are we being daily learners and disciples? Are we seeking wisdom and knowledge constantly?

Proverbs 18:17
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
Do we wait to hear both sides of the issue, or do we make quick judgments? Are we jumping to conclusions, or really hearing the issue out?

Proverbs 18:19
A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
Are we conscious of the emotions, heart, and feelings of those around us, or are we too concerned with an argument? Are we in relationships for the sake of others and for the long haul? Do we seek to live at peace with all men?

What insights from Proverbs do you find beneficial?


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