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    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Motives

    MOTIVES   It’s the Thought That Counts   All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2   The man’s case was very simple. That he had been cheated out of his job was clear enough. That he had also lost his temper once or twice was also […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Righteousness

    RIGHTEOUSNESS   If You Want It, You Can Have It   He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21   Whatever you seek in life, you tend to find. It may be sexual pleasure or financial gain or personal happi­ness. Or it may be something higher and better. In this […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Sobriety

    SOBRIETY   Knowing When to Say No   Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1   There are a great many references to wine, strong drink, and drunkenness scattered throughout the Bible. The earliest reference is in Genesis; the last, in Rev­elation. The […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Tact

    TACT   Making a Point Without Making an Enemy   Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. Proverbs 25:15   Someone noted that tact is like a girdle. It enables you to organize the awkward truth more attractively. A Chinese proverb says it this way: Do not […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Thrift

    THRIFT   How the Poor Become Rich   Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. Proverbs13:11   This verse might be labeled “How to make money the old-fashioned way.” Anything that comes too easily won’t be greatly valued. That’s one danger of giving a young person an […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Tolerance

    TOLERANCE   A Misunderstood Virtue   A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to over­look an offense. Proverbs 19:11   The dictionary defines tolerance as “respecting the na­ture, beliefs, or behavior or others.” To tolerate someone means to respect his opinion without necessari­ly agreeing with him. In that sense, tolerance is […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Affirmation

    AFFIRMATION   Finding Something Good to Say   An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25   Proverbs has much to say about the importance of af­firmation. “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life” (15:4a). “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Borrowing

    BORROWING   It’s Not Wrong, but It Can Be Dangerous   The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7   No one should be surprised that Solomon has so much to say about money. After all, we live in a world where money is the measure of […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Cosigning

    COSIGNING   A Really Bad Idea   Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up secu­rity for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. Proverbs 22:26-27   Casual readers are often surprised to discover how much the book of Proverbs […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Involvement

    INVOLVEMENT   You Can’t Pretend You Didn’t Know   Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those stag­gering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person […]

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