Day 18

Day 18 | Get 1 Tip



  • P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
  • P.A.S.S.—Pray PriorAuthor's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Set A Meet-Up with another brother and Get 1 Tip.

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125 thoughts on “Day 18

  1. Jim Kramer says:

    Update on the two I was meeting with. They are meeting with each other. So I am another hunt

  2. Troy says:

    1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    but a just weight is his delight.

    This convicted me right away, how often I fake it to make it.

  3. Tony C says:

    Proverbs 11 reminds me of “if you make good decisions, good things can happen. If you make bad decisions, bad things will happen. “

  4. Tony C says:

    I love Proverbs 10:25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but people of faith have a lasting foundation

  5. Sean Swift says:

    v14: Where there is no guidance a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

    v30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.

    These two items suggested to me that I need to do two things.
    1. Seek the correct counsel (or friendships) of Godly, Christian people – this is surely the path to Christ. I need to be wise who I choose as friends and mentors.
    2. The tougher one – I need to use God’s word, not my own, in the way I parent, am a husband, as a colleague and manager and in all of my relationships – in order to save people and turn them to God “capturing souls”.

  6. Dave says:

    vs. 27 He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

    Let me bathe in the Word of God and surround myself with Godly men.

    • Todd says:

      He provide very clear distinction between righteous and wicked ways. I can’t say “I didn’t know”…

  7. Allan says:

    Verse 12 stuck out to me, “He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.”
    As a church body, there are too many members lacking sense and talking about one another. Instead, the church should be filled with men of understanding and keep silent. Its no one else’s business. In most cases, it is between that person and God.

  8. Ryan V says:

    In the NIV “Righteous” was used 11 times, “wicked” 8 times. These are the two themes in this chapter. There are clear differences in how these two types of people act and how God responds to them both.

  9. joelsano says:

    (2/10/21) Proverbs 12:25 The Passion Translation
    “Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement
can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.”
    I’ve heard lots of ‘anxious fear’ from various people concerning current events.
    It’s creating much depression. But, at the men’s meeting I heard several ‘life-giving words of encouragement’ which can lift people up.
    Don, your comment about writing a letter of appreciation for the positive efforts of your son-in-laws at Christmas-time was very timely! (Explanations when we meet)

  10. Don Neal says:

    I really like what Proverbs 11: 25 says “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” I am convicted to focus more on blessing others, without expectation of any payback. But I know that the very act of blessing others is a blessing to me.

  11. Michael says:

    I thought the one with the pig with the gold ring in its nose was pretty deep. You can have a pretty thing that everyone desires, but if it is surrounded by all the items that God despises it makes the person undesirable. I think this is kind of like saying if you don’t have inner beauty it will spoil your outer beauty and people see it.

  12. Joel says:

    (2/9/21) Proverbs 11:2 The Passion Translation
    “When you act with presumption, convinced that you’re right, don’t be surprised if you fall flat on your face! But walking in humility helps you to make wise decisions.”
    So many times I’ve been convinced I was right. I’m rarely surprised when I fall flat on my face.

  13. Jason Hurd says:

    In verses 10 and 11: “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices… By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted…” As men of God in the Church, we must pursue righteousness and right-ness with Him because the results of that pursuit will spill over and impact our cities. That’s what we’re called to do! That’s what we’re called to be!

  14. Martin says:

    Great prayer that you have closed with. I am going to pray that prayer for myself these next couple of days. Receiving justice is one thing but to constantly think and to give grace to others is a challenge. Obviously, I had wanted grace for me and justice for everyone else. I now know that using that kind of scales are proof that I am out of balance!

  15. René LaCroix says:

    Pro 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,………
    What a great example of this proverb is D. Trump.

  16. Paul says:

    Proverbs 11 has a lot of good applications for us as men of God. I was struck by verses 2 and 3. With humility comes wisdom and with integrity we are guided by the upright. Good reminders for me.

  17. Rusty Moore says:

    The righteous man is rescued from trouble. I love the feeling that I get from really believing that and also know that it may not happen on earth

  18. Ben Butler says:

    Some points I will be mindful of:
    *I like the 5-F categories that focus us on the substance of life…will be helpful to bring focus to conversation and in listening
    *responding to share what I am hearing
    *responding & thanking for the tip is a form of appreciation that builds the relationship

  19. Mike Urias says:

    Surround yourself with people or friends with like interest to build on those things and grow.

  20. Louis Vanderhart says:

    To me it shows the difference between foolish choices and wise choices ,saying the right thing and doing the right thing so don’t slander your neighbor be honest all your business and walk godly with the Lord all your days. And he will keep bring you safely home with him.

  21. kevin says:

    I have these moments at work when everyone wants to point the finger about how something got messed up. No one takes responsibility and always deflects. It burns me inside to see this. Sometimes I want revenge. Usually I talk myself down and try and show a Christ like answer/action. Trying to fight that reaction is super tough. I think I will always battle that emotion.

  22. Cory Baron says:

    I know this is where I have the most difficulty. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. And from what we’ve read in Proverbs, wisdom is crucial to godly living.

  23. Peter says:

    Completed today’s reading and reached out to a Christian brother to meet once a week.

  24. Thaddeus Kennedy says:

    When we follow God’s commands, we are able to receive his blessings while when we disobey them we fall in sin and the wickedness that it brings.

  25. Thomas Sells says:

    I love v14….I sometimes try to do too many things on my own….I need to be open to allowing myself to be vulnerable and willing to ask for help and counsel!!!

  26. Janic Maysonet says:

    The balance ⚖️ of justice is not one that can be judged by man because of selfish gains (pride). That’s my interpretation of verse one and two. This social justice issue is being judged through man’s interpretation of justice and not a biblical lense. Something that Pastor John Gray said that hit me, “it’s a heart issue, and so legislation can’t fix it, the church has to fix it because only the Holy Spirit can transform the heart” (paraphrased from the interview with Steven Furtick).

  27. Kevin V says:

    27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

    Just reminds me that where I put my focus is where my heart is. Lord, may my focus be on You and not on me. Help me to be a good neighbor and provide encouragement to those around me, and not be critical of others as I often am.

  28. Gerald Waddle says:

    Great devo and reading as always but can someone explain this verse to me??
    29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
    and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

  29. Darin Palmer says:

    Verse 25 definitely is talking to me today! I truly believe a generous person will prosper and he who refreshes others will be refreshed! I would say that one is at my core and something that has taken a long time to understand but now GET IT!!

  30. Gary says:

    I’m so guilty when people cut me off ,things that come out of my mouth are so sinful. I need to work on this

  31. Eddie says:

    Be wise or face dire consequences seems to be the theme of proverbs 11. We need to control and retrain our impulses to be righteous by following the example of Jesus and not the enemy.

  32. Matt says:

    V. 17: “Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.” The world will tell you that sometimes you have to step on others to get ahead. The world will tell you that lying (occasionally being dishonest) is for the greater good. Those outside of Christ may tell you that God’s rules are repressive, and that we’d be better off following our own set of right and wrong. In verse 17; however, we’re reminded that God’s instructions are for our benefit. His rules are given to us not to take the fun out of our lives, but to truly bring joy to our lives.

  33. Dockers says:

    Two takeaways: with humility comes wisdom. 11:2. Proverbs 11:14, you could change nation to person, husband, father, brother, friend, son, brother, job title here….

  34. Adam says:

    A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.
    Need to have a conversation with my kids today about this. Accusations of cheating yesterday and things being unfair. God sees all we do and can’t let Satan start to set a pattern in our hearts. No foothold.

  35. Sprocket says:

    Can we agree that we all get our best ‘tips’ from Squirrel.

    And he, undoubtedly gets them from Mrs. Squirrel…

  36. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 12
    I fall far too often into the act of belittling my closest neighbor, my wife. This is something I’ve worked very hard act and that God continues to convict me of. I’ve definitely made some progress, and I pray often that God would continue to teach me to use the way I speak to wife my wife to uplift her and treat her as a true daughter of God.

  37. Tom Vang says:

    Man, I am loving the proverbs.

    I set up and had a meeting with a guy, and I got many tips! How is it going for you guys?

  38. Nathan says:

    31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,
    how much more the wicked and the sinner!
    This verse really stood out to me because we live in a time where if God loved all of us then he surly cannot send people to their deaths and eternal torment. Right? But in the end God is giving us what we desired most in this life.

  39. ADAM KRUMRIE says:

    2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

    If we desire wisdom we must be humble. A wise person is not a proud one.

  40. Steve B says:

    A man who is kind benefits himself and a cruel man hurts himself. In vs 21 an evil man will not go unpunished.

  41. Gordon says:

    Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
    The Tree of Life is Jesus and all who follow him. When we help someone to trust in Jesus, another twig grows on this tree. Jesus is the vine (or main part), and the branches are those who follow Jesus.
    For me to meet regularly with another man, I must first conquer OCG (obsessive compulsive grading), which takes up too much time.

  42. Ted says:

    I thank our Lord for the tips i am getting from my brothers all the time. I am looking forward to develope a brotherly relationship when i get home

  43. Nate Hill says:

    I know that this walk with my Lord causes injustice. Paul stated, why not be wronged, why not be hurt, we are sharing in the suffering of our Lord. He suffered for me and it is an honor that He finds us worthy enough to go through it because of our faith in Him. Paul also states that our momentary light afflictions will be outweighed by the blessings to come.

    This is a broken world,, so even families can be the biggest part of your suffering. We are to forgive, be meek in our walk, humble in our approach and realize we are always on display. At the same time, don’t feel bad when you fail, because it opens up for more growth.

    In Christ

  44. Jeff says:

    Several different verses jumped out at me, First about giving and being generous and then about wealth and riches not being important.
    Theme of “better to give then receive “

  45. Mike B says:

    “One who waters will himself be watered.” This principle was repeated and reinforces how we really do reap what we sow. How awesome it is to know that giving and encouraging others is so natural to the Spirit and allows us to become more like Christ as we obey Him and serve others.

  46. Scott Hal says:

    “Hopes placed in mortals die with them”. A good reminder that we gotta seek out God first and everything else of this world, included people come after God

  47. Gavin says:

    Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
    but a man of understanding remains silent.
    13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
    but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
    14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
    but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

  48. Dave says:

    How we live our life has significant impact on ourselves and others. We can choose to live in such a way that builds up and benefits or tears down and destroys. The key is to align your life according to God’s principles even when it’s hard.

  49. John says:

    Today, I found myself stopping at the end of nearly every verse. Joe delivered a message a couple month back on the mouth, mind and heart being in alignment, I reflected back on that message today. Proverbs 11 for me kept showing me to look at myself and seek him for everything, and humble myself in all that I do.

  50. Will says:

    A false balance is an abomination to the Lord. Quite a strong statement about how negatively God sees lying to others. The continued repetition in this chapter of the importance of righteousness vs wickedness keeps driving the point home that I need to pursue righteousness continually.

  51. Ross says:

    This is a chapter of contrasts. Wisdom leads a man to a fruitful life led by God; the unwise and the fool lead lives bent on heartache and destruction. Chose a life of wisdom!

  52. squirrel says:

    “…in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Amen!

    I’ve made my meet up with Chad, the fella I was mentoring. Since he’s moved and I’m back at Bragg full time we haven’t met too much. So, a week from Saturday we are meeting once again to connect, catch up and give each other a little wisdom to do life together.

  53. AZ says:

    I find it interesting the mention of those that withhold more than is fitting, yet results in more want. I’ve always felt I’ve done my part, but throughout this book as we’ve read I can’t help but feel how callus I’ve grown in some areas without God top of mind. I’ve read all these verses before, but love how God’s mercy is bringing me back full circle.

    Game time!

  54. Les Silliman says:

    The concepts being set forth are great, but in my current situation I am at a disadvantage, since I am only here for a few weeks and there is really no chance to build long term relationships. I do have someone in mind back home, if I can maintain all that I am learning until then.

  55. Jay Wegiel says:

    Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
    Proverbs 11:14 As I stated on a previous day seeking counsel, wise counsel is where I do the most growing. That’s why this whole setting up meetings and meeting is exciting to me. Not at all scary.

  56. Shane Young says:

    V30 ” The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life” jumped out at me as it alludes to growth and the resulting fruit which can impact others.

  57. Isaiah says:

    I like v. 4, which says, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” We can store up all kinds of “safety nets” here on this earth, but in the end, Jesus is the only one who can save us from our own sin.

  58. Chuck says:

    Righteous (meaning right)… Do what is right and we will be Blessed.
    I am struggling with who to meet with. I will be praying about this and trusting in the Lord to guide me through this.

  59. Tim says:

    Humility is the key in any relationship. When we study our Bible we should study in humility.When we meet with other men in a group or shoulder to shoulder we need to be prepared to learn and if possible teach with wisdom and humility.

  60. Jeff Carter says:

    I.muat constantly seek God!!!

    Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
    Proverbs 11:27 ESV

  61. Eddie says:

    Verses 9 and 12 stood out to me, don’t slander your neighbor, and in the light of the New Testament, don’t even slander your neighbor in your MIND, that is the same as slandering him, her, or them with your mouth. I don’t actively look for my neighbors’ faults, but I admit that I am sometimes quick to judge them without actually asking them what is going on, and THAT is not the way that Jesus wants us to be. He wants us to be compassionate and caring for ANYONE our lives touch, no matter the response of the person, because God loves them, so we must love them too, but this does NOT mean we have to openly support their bad decisions, whatever they might be. Somewhere in the New Testament, I forget exactly where, it says we are to judge ONLY those who claim to be brothers and sisters in the faith, we are NOT to judge those that don’t believe as we believe, that is for God alone.

  62. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    God wants to bless us, but he doesn’t want us to place our trust in the blessing. Our focus should remain on He who blesses.

  63. Dennis says:

    Lord help me be wise and righteous today , and not be wicked and scheming. Do this today and every day!

  64. Mike says:

    Half way through and I am so glad I am part of this. Thanks to all for your insight and to Vince for doing this.

  65. Massimo says:

    Verse 25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” When we give to others generously we are intentionally blessing them with God’s favor but sometimes we forget that by it and through it we ourselves are blessed with God’s favor and therefore find it refreshing for our soul knowing we did a good service.

  66. Bill Fuess says:

    Good read today!!
    Very good lesson on our character and how to live with integrity in all things .
    Had a chance to share with a brother today and get built up in the process !! Thank you Lord

  67. Caleb says:

    Lord increases my patience and my interest to understand rather than jump to conclusions and belittle my neighbor.

  68. Cory bullock says:

    Be righteous! So many meanings this world perceives this as, yet I think in the context Proverbs explains it is to be humble in your walk yet be bold in your righteousness, sounds like a fine art that will take much daily practice on my behalf.

  69. Pete says:

    In today’s world it’s gets tougher to live righteously. Stay the course. No good things come from wicked ways. Love your neighbors and be faithful.

  70. Mark Lubbock says:

    The Lord delights in those with integrity. This verse stuck with me years ago and has been a focus of my personal discipline ever since. Walk the Talk was the catch phrase back then. Be consistent in private life as well as public life in seeking First The Kingdom of God. Then applying what I learn to my decision making and interaction with others. Making some progress while at the same time falling flat on my face occasionally.

  71. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Verse 14 – where there is no guidance (isolation), a people falls, but in the abundance of counselors(community) there is safety.
    Faith, Family, Friendship equals Community which guards the heart and builds integrity.

  72. Mark Lundquist says:

    “27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it. ”
    I have seen this over and over. In relationships, in our political climate, In our social circles. Those who hate and seek reasons to hate, hate even more. We, or at least I, find myself falling into that trap and begin to allow hate to start to creep in, I talk to my Father and all is right again but allowing that one little thought into my mind annoys me and keeps me from showing Christ in a good light. This attitude is then seen by others who view me as a “perfect Christian” guy. I know, I know…no such thing but I think you see my point here. We need each other! We need to hold each other accountable when we see each other fall. Our relationships as Christian men are all so important!!

  73. Dan says:

    The reward of righteous living is certain. It provides us with security so that we can desire good for others by sharing what we’ve been given.

    I’ve been selfishly conservative with some of my resources (strengths/gifts, food, money, time..)
    I want to give from a right heart.

    V24 says There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.

  74. Dan says:

    Live righteously in all you do, think and say, for the righteous shall inherit the earth. We will be faced with challenges and choices on how we deal with them. Be sure that your faith shines through and is pleasing to God.

  75. David says:

    Verse 30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.” When Jesus fills you with life, that life grows and bears fruit. A true litmus test on your life to know you are in the right place and obeying God’s Word, “Does your life produce fruit?”
    Excellent passage; very challenging. I have asked a strong Christian man 15-20ish years older than me from my church to be my mentor and he agreed. We start in 10 days. Not sure what that’s going to look like, but I’m excited about the prospect of opening up to learn and improve.

    • Dan says:

      Verse 25. I want to be generous with my resources, as God has truly blessed me. I have experienced the blessings of generosity, and desire to continue sharing blessings with others. Yes, it is refreshing!

  76. Ian says:

    Meeting up with guys church is something I try to do on a regular basis. Not only do I get to impart the wisdom of my life on to them, but they get to impart the wisdom of what they have learned on to me. I try to meet regularly with guys at church whenever it’s possible. Verse 28 stuck out to me, I see so many people trying to fill their lives with riches, and yet seeing how they fail. The only way to success is through God.

  77. Steve Roarke says:

    Living a righteous life, will bring wisdom, understanding and eternal life with God.
    Keep your ways from the evil doings of this world, for there is no prize, but death.

  78. Tim says:

    25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
    I kept being drawn back to this verse…..I may think I don’t have time or it won’t make a difference to make the extra effort to slow down say a kind word, give encouragement, or help someone in need……but in doing so I receive back exactly what I gave…..many times over.

  79. Brian says:

    11:18: The wicked earns deceptive wages,
    but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.

    This verse was convicting as I’ve struggled with motivation at work.

  80. Stephen says:

    I am struggling a bit on this activity. I pray that by tomorrow that I will see clearly to whom I shall invite….and that guy will be open to me. But most of all, I pray that doing this activity is not just to check off a “to do” list, but to actually create a relationship to build on.

  81. Tim Kelley says:

    Verse 25 spoke to me, those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

  82. Wayne D says:

    Cutting a little slack for others and above all show kindness stands out for me today.

  83. Brian Grundhauser says:

    He who lives righteous by God will receive eternal life, but he who follows evil will not. If we want to walk with Him for eternity, we must not allow Satan to enter our lives.

  84. Kevin says:

    Verse 13 stands out very strong in having a Christian brother to work together. What each confide in will be kept between you and God.

  85. Edward says:

    No particular verse convicted me . The general theme of being a good, honest, and righteous person is exactly what I strive for. I may or may not be rewarded in this life, but I know I will be rewarded in my next life.

  86. Troy says:

    God is fair and right, and He expects us as men to be fair and right. God wants us to be honest in all our dealings so we can accept the direction of his wisdom and separate ourselves from wrong.

  87. Louie says:

    The lessons continue to repeat how righteousness, kindness, honesty and seeking good is seeking favor. There are so many life lessons and examples outlined for us in these scriptures. Imagine this wisdom and scripture was inspired 2000 years ago and applies as much to our daily life now as much as then or more!! Quite profound!

  88. ben.templet says:

    Verse 24 grabbed me today.
    One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
    I have experienced this in my life, but I think it goes beyond money. I have struggled with this with regard to my time. As I share my time, I always end up with enough time to do the things I need to. But often that results in purging out the unnecessary things that consume my time, the things that add no value to my life or another person’s life.

  89. Dave Benson says:

    When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
    I have two meetings set up next week and verse two reminds me to be sure and remove the barrier of pride so I can gain some wisdom.
    Wisdom isn’t always pleasant to the ears but valuable to the heart!

  90. Walter says:

    Having a shoulder to shoulder meet up with someone I have only met once. We share running so going out for a ten mile run with him. I’m interested in how this will go. Plan to share God’s word, as much as I can with my limited knowledge. I have prayed and I trust God will lead me.

  91. Bill says:

    Sorry guys but yesterday all of my web browsers blocked me from entering.
    It’s happened 3 times now and I think it’s happened to M.S. as well.
    Todays scripture takeaways are about the right or proper balance we should have as Christians. I see a lot of the opposite in work environments from those that proclaim Christ as their savior and my goal is to talk to them about it more, when I hear it or see it.
    There is one way to walk in every situation.

  92. Ben says:

    Righteousness and integrity in chapter 11. Trusting God for everything and taking my ‘meness’ out of all.

  93. Russ says:

    Verse 14 stood out to me. Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Not having a father in my life at a young age, wise counsel for me was never given. I did some pretty stupid stuff during my youth that I’m not proud of. Now I try to absorb all the wise/Godly counsel I can.

    • Eric says:

      I can Identify with Verse 2 all to well! I pray that I’m becoming more like verse 1 every Day!..

    • Michael says:

      Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
      but a man of understanding remains silent.
      This verse made me stop this morning. A teacher I respected always said, “silence is golden.”
      I could use more understanding and silence in my life.

  94. Bryce says:

    2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with the humble is wisdom.

    Lord help me to remove pride and selfishness from my life and help me to serve you and serve others better.

  95. Dean W says:

    My tip in Mondays meeting is to gain a deep Man’s friendship. Chapter 11 talks a lot about being righteous. Verse 30 stood out to me saying that the fruit of the righteous attracts people to God, offering eternal life. He who wins souls is wise. I want to be wise.

    • Matt says:

      Verse 12 – “ Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
      but a man of understanding remains silent. “ Great statement for us to remember. It’s so easy to comment on others but more difficult to remain silent. Reminds us to think before we speak.

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