Day 22

Day 22 | Accountability's Inevitable

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  1. Brian Grundhauser says:

    Along the path of righteousness, there are many things that will distract us and cause us to fall from His grace. Be aware and stay the course for the reward is great come judgement day!

    • Dan says:

      Great post Brian!
      Avoid the temptations of sin which comes in many forms. Nothing is hidden from the Lord, he knows all ours sins, those in our thoughts, in our words, what we have done, and what we have failed to do. Live a Godly life for Him so that we may be prepared for His return.

  2. Eric says:

    A lot of wisdom packed into todays chapter. I am going on a road trip today for work. Ill have lots of time to pray and contemplate where Vince is going with this.

    Remember you can count on others, but sometimes it is better to use your own fingers and toes.

  3. Louie says:

    More proverbial wisdoms. So simple yet profound words all tying into accountability. A lot of reference to our words and actions being tied to our hearts. Leaves me pondering on my own motivations and convictions. Simple words that go deep into our daily way of life. Love it!!!

  4. Jeff Carter says:

    The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
    Proverbs 15:3 ESV

    Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, I’ll be watching you. I used to think that this was a rock song. Now I know it is an awesome, comforting, gracious promise from our lord.

    • Patrick says:

      That’s a good thought Jeff. God’s truth from scripture can be seen all around us if we will see it. I try to help my kids see these themes in movies and all kinds of places.

  5. Jay Wegiel says:

    Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
    Proverbs 15:31 This is the verse that speaks most loudly to me about how to have less bad things account for.

  6. Nick says:

    Day 21:
    I am learning in my life that a harsh response and reaction to my kids, wife, coworkers just fuels the fire, but keeping calm and really listening diffuses most situations.
    Also… it is a good reminder that God sees everything we do. The good, the bad, the sin we think we are getting away with. He sees it all. Then later he talks about “seeing human hearts”. He knows what we are going through and cares about that. It is comforting to know that he knows that.
    “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

    The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

    Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord — how much more do human hearts!”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:1, 3, 11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    “Even hell holds no secrets from GOD — do you think he can’t read human hearts?”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

  7. cory doden says:

    V22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.”
    Big one for me. I hurry so I can be “done “. Or because I’m too prideful to take advice. There have been some painful lessons when not seeking counsel.

  8. Wayne D says:

    A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
    I’ve been trying to do this more in the last few days, and it has made a big difference dealing with some situations as they arise. I’m thankful!

    • Troy says:

      I need wisdom, my pride for so many years was all I seemed to have. Folly was a friend. Thank you lord for turning me around and staying with me.

  9. Dean Wendler says:

    Verse 14a “The discerning heart seeks knowledge” is were I am. With the all in journey this month, I have changed for the positive. My mind is filled with thoughts of God and not junk. I am excited to get up each morning and learn more about my Savior.

  10. Tim says:

    Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise. Who likes to be corrected? Like Vince said, you can be disciplined now or someone can discipline you later . Lord, I pray that I’ll be more self-disciplined today.

  11. Troy says:

    The path of righteousness is the path Christian men must take, we must take as much instruction (wisdom) as possible to stay on track. and continue to pay as much as possible today.

  12. Steve Roarke says:

    Slow to anger is what I need to be praying for, I allow petty things to boil over quickly and it ruins my day and the people I love.

  13. Mark Lundquist says:

    10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
    the one who hates correction will die.
    11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—
    how much more do human hearts!
    12 Mockers resent correction,
    so they avoid the wise.

    Oh the anticipation!

  14. Pete says:

    We are accountable to god, our family and our friends. As iron sharpens iron let us hold each other to the lord’s expectations.

  15. Eric M says:

    During the time of Vince’s reading of Proverbs I am reminded of how much God continues to bless me through his working in my life to correct my ways and make me more like him. Thank you God for ears to hear your instructions and a heart to want to follow them. How lucky and blessed am I.

  16. Squirrel says:

    As we move through this challenge what I’m amazed at is how much of this we are already doing. Much is left to continue to do and I’m glad we’re doing things to Get Right and Live Right

  17. Edward says:

    32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. I must always remember this. I have always despised correction. I am slowly becoming better at heeding correction.

  18. Ian says:

    Versus 17 through 19 really stuck out to me, for it’s better to be on God’s side now then to do things by yourself. If you do things by yourself there’s a very large price to pay, And that is one and not willing to pay. I would rather be on God’s side in his will than any other place.

  19. Michael says:

    Verse 26: the thoughts of the wicked are contrasted with gracious words; this show me how much my thoughts and words are connected. If I have evil thoughts, they will sooner or later come out as evil words

  20. Dave says:

    Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
    This verse really resonated with me this morning, but in a different sense. Expanding upon discipline, it could also mean self-discipline, and if I disregard self-discipline it reveals an attitude I have towards myself. We are challenged to love other as much or better than we love ourselves, but if we are not heeding correction or placing proper boundaries in our lives we despise ourselves and open ourselves up to risk. God loved me enough to die for me – I need to love me enough to die to the things in live that can do me harm and incorporate things that will do me good.

    • Dan says:

      Thanks for sharing this Dave. I could use prayer for this self-discipline directive, and for proper motivation to choose it.
      How about you?

  21. Bill Fuess says:

    First and foremost God knows all about us even before we DC o anything!! It seems to be imperative to set your mind up to listen to His advice!! This Proveb speaks about what we say and do but also How we present it !! Help me Lord to think before speaking and always be aware of others!!

  22. Scott H says:

    I’ve started to compare the message version vs the NIV. Verse 32 from the message translation stood out to me. “An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious. ” It reminded of a saying that a friend who was a mission trip leader at the time, “following God can be a wild ride, you never know where it can take you”. In his case he zig zaged globe.

  23. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    At Proverbs 15:16 I have to stop and listen to what it calls me to: “Better a little with the fear of the Lord…” For me spending time in worship and prayer, and adoration to our LORD who is my savior and sustainer gives direction and encouragement to be about His will. It is energizing.

  24. Patrick says:

    v. 10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
    the one who hates correction will die.

    I saw this play out in my life as a younger man. I went my own way for a season. The Lord pursued me, chastised me, and blessed me. I would say I am where I am today in large part to that chastisement. Praying for you men today!

  25. Dave Benson says:

    Proverbs 15 is definitely a great template for accountability. In verse 31 it states “He who listens to life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.” Hold me accountable brothers and give me life! I love and need the repetition in Proverbs!

  26. Matt Karasek says:

    I was reading this chapter a few weeks ago. I have also read this many-a-time, and I am convicted every. single. time. Right out of the gate with verse 1.
    My dad was somewhat of an “angry” guy, and my brother and I have been known to be “angry” or “quick-tempered.”
    What makes matters worse is that growing up, many of my friends were very good at sarcasm, which also rubbed off on me. So, I have had to do quite a bit of prayer and retraining in terms of my temper and my sarcasm, particularly in my marriage where my wife’s main “Love Language” is “Words of Encouragement/Affirmation.” Sarcasm is the complete opposite of affirmation. I continue to strive to be gentle, soothing, and wise rather than harsh, sarcastic, and foolish.

  27. Pete says:

    I thought about going to law school to learn how to respond calmly and rationally to diffficult situations. I learned prayer works just as well.

  28. Steve says:

    the Eyes of the Lord are everywhere watching over the wicked and the good. I also liked a wise son brings joy to the father.

  29. Steve B says:

    the Eyes of the Lord are everywhere watching over the wicked and the good. I also liked a wise son brings joy to the father.

  30. Massimo says:

    Before I even got into the devotional today, God revealed to me a trigger for my anger at work! I saw it brewing. I realized there is still a sore spot I need to work on and find healing and let go. I praise God in these moments! I welcome his correction! He is so good!

  31. Chad Husted says:

    how about that last verse – :humility comes before honor” ?
    reminds me that to have my desire for respect (honor) met, I must first be humble with those around me and in my care. For me today that all starts with my words – words of encouragement, building up, apology, speaking the truth in love. Hard things to do sometimes…

  32. gregg says:

    5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
    but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
    14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
    Not much to add to this wisdom,other than it’s a good reminder of our hearts being connected to our mouths and attitudes

  33. Mike says:

    Accountability what does it mean:
    To me everything I think, say and do I am accountable regardless what someone says or does to me. I have not always acted properly when someone has sinned against but I do not blame them for my actions.
    It would be a cop out to do so.

  34. Chuck says:

    I find this verse incredibly wise:
    32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
    but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

  35. Eddie says:

    The first verse, right out of the gate, convicted me, I don’t always give a gentle answer when people, kids or wife mostly, are triggering my anger, mostly from arguing. Verse 23 stood out to me as well, that a timely word is good, I have been able to do that for people in my life sometimes, mostly my wife, because I care about them deeply and have had a relationship with them for years. I can sense what they are ready to hear and what they are WAITING to hear on about a 50/50 chance.

  36. Isaiah says:

    Right off the bat, I see a lot about listening to correction and having a gentle tongue. When we listen to what God and other godly men speak into our lives, our spiritual and physical relationships grow stronger.

  37. Nate Hill says:

    Anger is usually the result of an unmet need our expectation. I have learned that we all have a preconceived idea of what’s right and when those rights are violated, anger results.

    My expectation is that when people are behind the wheel, they are driving a 2000-pound weapon and should be more alert. They allow themselves to be too distracted and because the population of the city is growing, it takes a lot more patience and anticipation with drivers.

    I have to remind myself, I am His ambassador, and how do I showcase His grace!

  38. Brian says:

    A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

    This one hits home because somewhere over the years I feel like I’ve become less patient. Unfortunately, I’m certain that My wife would agree with that assessment. My prayer is that I will not be hot-tempered. That I will reestablish my patience and bless my family as a result.

  39. James says:

    Verse 10: “Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.”
    There are days when I feel like my sin is greater than other times, but does God maintain a scale on the severity of sin. I don’t think so. Perhaps on those days, God is calling more loudly. Yet I can’t help but feel like He must be ready to squash me like a bug. It’s nice to think about our loving, gracious God, but he is also righteous, mighty, and just.

  40. Graham says:

    Verse 29: “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”

    In light of the conquer series, this spoke to me. We are wicked because of sin, but because of the work of Christ we are made righteous. I think we can spend too much time in isolation and in the mindset of ‘I’m wicked so the Lord is far from me’ but then we have to remember that Roman’s 5:19 says:

    “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”

    Despite our wickedness we need to keep in mind that Christ has ALREADY done the work. We are made righteous in the sight of the Father and He hears our prayers.

  41. Mac says:

    I really like his view on accountability. I have always understood the importance of it but never thought that for the one who doesn’t do it isn’t really avoiding it just postponing it.

  42. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 1
    Didn’t have to read far today for the Word to hit me square between the eyes. Probably my number one issue in my marriage is that I am so quick to criticize or make an insensitive comment. It is something I’ve worked on but continue to struggle with on most days. The issue is that I’ve set such a precedent that it doesn’t matter if I have 2 or 3 good days in a row, it’s just a matter of time before I slip up and we seem to be right back to where we have been. It’s unbelievably disappointing and frustrating to feel that I can’t make any mistakes with what I say. I have prayed and continue to pray about it, yet it feels hopeless at times. I sometimes just try to avoid my wife to prevent saying something I shouldn’t, but what type of relationship is that.

    Sorry for the “rant”. Going to try to do better again today and hope that God can fill in where I fall short.

  43. Al says:

    15:32 Those who disregard discipline despises themself, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
    God loves us so much that yes I need to be reminded thru Him correcting me that I have stepped off His path for He is a lamp at my feet .

  44. Michael says:

    13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
    but heartache crushes the spirit.

    When my heart is in a good place, it shows through my attitude, productivity, and all around me can notice.

  45. AZ says:

    So two things, first verse 15 in my amplified reads

    “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]”

    How true is that when your disconnected from the vine trying to do it on your own strength. And then second, love the way it ends, before honor comes humility. That’s what this has been for me, a step back, inner analysis, humility, working towards honor and the feast!

    Keep working brothers!

    • Jesse Skytland says:

      Verse 3 states that the eyes of the Lord are everywhere. It’s my daughter’s 18th birthday today 05/30/2020 and I am so proud of that beautiful & successful woman. My anger was triggered in the yesterday especially years ago when I was divorced with my Ex-Wife. Joy has been built in the Lords way today now that I am able to see my children growing in faith and achieveing their dreams and making wise choices in decesions they feel like is right. His path that is made for us is amazing and I am so so greatful to be a follower of the holy one. In Jesus name, Amen!

  46. Will says:

    15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger

    I noticed this in a meeting yesterday where I made a flippant answer to a question and simply stirred up more trouble. I need to be more careful with my words and not tear down even when it’s deserved in my mind.

  47. Denny says:

    Verse 3: the eyes of the Lord are on every place. There is no where I can go where God is not with me. Praise be!

  48. Steve says:

    Much of this chapter deals with the use of our words, for good or evil, for uplifting another or destroying them verbally.
    I am slowly learning to curb my inclination to fill dead air with my words. To think before I speak: will these words heal or hurt?

  49. Danny says:

    Meditating on these two verses today.

    29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

    …also, The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

  50. Gary says:

    Interesting…I couldn’t think of one thing that made me angry yesterday. Maybe something will pop into my memory later? I guess that’s a good thing, when you can’t remember anything making you angry 🙂

  51. Gavin says:

    Loved seeing this verse as it serves as a good reminder given the world we live in today as men.
    18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

  52. Ted says:

    I am having a great time daily in doing this every night. Giving me something to meditate on. I have never read Proverbs all the way through. Quite a bit of insight
    Blessings

  53. Gordon says:

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath.” A calm note or email can explain a situation, so someone will understand and stop being angry. When talking in person, someone may keep interrupting, so they never realize they should not be angry at you.

  54. Chris says:

    Doing this a day late after missing yesterday, but these verses really stick out to me:
    9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

    10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
    the one who hates correction will die.

  55. Nathan says:

    The two verses that stuck out to me were:
    4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
    18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
    These two hit home because lately as well as in the past I have found myself being very short tempered with my kids, and I sometimes yell at them. I can sometimes see how I stir them up as well as crush their spirits. I need to be more patient and slow to anger.

  56. Ross says:

    3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
    keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
    Nothing that we do or think is outside the knowledge of the Lord. We cannot hide, yet we think we can do things in secret. This verse is also a comfort that the Lord is just and sees evil and injustice and will deal with it in his time.

  57. Michael Stinson says:

    :Whoever heeds life-giving correction
    will be at home among the wise”(V31)

    One of my fears is what people think about me. On the SDI scale, I am blue…So when people want to talk to me or give me criticism my first reaction is THEY DONT LIKE ME, but this verse challenges me to listen to what they have to say, because it is wise. Listening doesnt hurt, because I have the ability to way its truth, but I wont know unless I listen first.

  58. Sprocket says:

    Amen Squirrel. I’m struck by the relationship between friendship and accountability. I wonder if those are inseparable. Accountability can only come from someone truly invested in your life (ie a friend)… and part of true friendship is speaking the truth in love,

  59. gary says:

    i have the days when i search for God. its as if he is not with me. i plead with him. i search for his face. i search my heart and mind for sins that might have pushed him away. some days i can feel the warmth of being in his presence . sometime when Beetsie prays the Holy spirit is heavy. the time spent with Beetsie in prayer is my best time.

  60. Adam says:

    Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
    God help me to be content. To desire you more than the things of this world. Great Wealth does not bring happiness and God help me to be content. To desire you more than the things of this world. Great wealth does not bring happiness, peace, health, or a long life. Help us to number our days.

  61. Pat says:

    I dealt with two hot -tempered people yesterday while auditing them and was thankful that God has blessed me with a slow-to-anger personality. I was able to diffuse the situation, but still get my point across to him. They still didn’t like what I had to say, but they were at least more calm when they left. Thank you Lord for blessing me!

  62. Matt says:

    I had a great meet-up with 7 other guys this morning. Several in the group have been meeting for a long time, but the numbers were higher today. Since going through this study, I have been focusing more in this group on going deeper with the guys. Thank you for your encouragement!

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  63. Dockers says:

    Ugh. I just read Proverbs 15 by not starting gentle while getting Felix going today. Gentle prevents wrath. Humility comes before honor. I need gentleness and humility.

  64. Mark Lubbock says:

    The past 3 weeks or more have been overly busy for me, and more than once I had thoughts pop into my head that almost made it out of my mouth. Only the Grace & Power of the Holy Spirit allowed me to experience a check in my Spirit that stopped me from speaking. What I might have said would NOT be building others up, but instead shifting my burden unjustly to their shoulders. REALLY thankful for Grace.

  65. Eddie says:

    15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” The only exception I have found, and one of my triggers I am working on, is when I am talking to someone, usually my son, and that person responds in a whisper or mumble and then their voice drops off halfway through talking, so ALL effective communication is lost. Please pray for me brothers as I have AT LEAST another 8.5 years of this particular situation if I can’t find a way to get my son to communicate to me or my wife in a way we can hear.

  66. Tom says:

    Let the Lord God be True in our lives. It is better to fear the Lord and have a little, instead of storing up great treasure and trouble within.

  67. Gary says:

    Verse 18 is me to a tee. I’m so guilty of it and try so hard.I ask the lord for forgiveness, and I’ve been trying to catch myself before it happens.I want and will stay on the path even though at times I fall.I will never be perfect like jesus but I can sure try.

  68. Darin Palmer says:

    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. In my past I had a short fuse I think being a PWS (Person Who Stutters) I had a stored a of anger from my childhood and released as a young adult. God definitely has showed me how to be calm and gentle.

  69. Kevin V says:

    v 22 – Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.

    This verse gets to the heart of what the 35-day challenge is – surround yourself with a few good, Christian men for wise counsel and accountability. I have a small group of brothers I meet with every week for Bible study and prayer. It is one of the best parts of my week! (Prov 27:17 As iron sharpens iron….)

  70. Janic Maysonet says:

    I think if we are going to be heading towards accountability, we need this ingrained: 32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
    but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

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