Proverbs 27 by Doug
Proverbs 27:1 (NLT) –>Keep your bragging restricted to what you have done, not what you will do. See the case of many high profile young athletes and their non-existent professional athletic prowess. Or businessman. Or preachers. Or, well, anybody.
Proverbs 27:2 (NLT) –>I'm just the most awesome person at this. On a side though, learn to let others praise you. There's a line at which it's not humility, it's insulting to your Maker and your encourager.
And when you take 1 and 2 together: don't boast about tomorrow, since it's out of your control, and don't praise your own yesterday, let somebody else do it!
Proverbs 27:5 (NLT) –>Wisely give this love, but give it! I see it too often, especially in church! Churches claim to love one another, but then keep things hidden, and I've heard one too many pastors express that the first time someone shared the complaints was at the business meeting to fire them. Don't be cruel, but be open.
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) –>Sharpens. Not bludgeons.
Proverbs 27:21 (NLT) –>Write up a nice, long article about how amazing someone is and see what happens. It's a challenge. I was given what I thought was a very high complement this past week, and it was hard to keep it from going to my head. It might yet make me a little more arrogant than it should. I'm hoping it will just make me more confident. We'll see.