Integrity and Words: Lesson on Proverbs

I’ve been reading on the book of Proverbs yesterday and I wrote some of my personal reflections. Just wanna share.

Proverbs 10

v.9 “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”

* Integrity hides nothing from men to God. Yet, many disregards their integrity and do not hold on to it anymore, nor do they care whether it is tainted or not. Integrity matters, and I believe that it matters more than one’s reputation. For reputation is what others see in you, integrity is who you are when nobody sees you, but only yourself and your God. 

v.19 “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. ”

* It is easy to breathe out words. Yet, to restrain oneself from speaking is much harder. Words can sometimes be like a blazing fire without control, added with strong emotions behind it. Proof of that is what when we are in regret and ask ourselves, “Why did I say that?”
There are instances that it is much wiser not to speak at all than say something you will regret later. We’ve all experienced that. We want to prove ourselves right. We have the courage to fight for our egos, yet so afraid to just be quiet and stay still. Why? For I believe it takes more than courage to do that, for it also comes with humility. Yet, this passage proves true to me personally. Looking back, I could have saved myself from lots of mistakes I’ve done just by simply restraining my lips.

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