Good Morning July 29

In the book of Proverbs we find instructions on a range of issues from standing firm against temptations, to personal finances and good business decisions. Solomon, the author of much of the book, upholds the virtues of honesty, humility, faithfulness, charity, and more. Many of his statements just make good sense. Ah, but there’s the problem. Good sense is a quality often lacking. Rather, we let selfish desires dictate our direction. The point of much of Proverbs is looking beyond self to the good of others. What is good, right, and fair for another, and how can I help provide that? Paul instructed the Philippians, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”(2:3) Important guidance for all of our dealings in life, from home and family, to church and community. This is simply the second of the two great commandments, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We grow more willing to do this as we realize that this is what our Lord has done for us.