Family — Proverbs 3:1-18 Podcast by Pastor Colin Smith for The Orchard
Please open your Bible at the book of Proverbs
We are continuing our series ‘Wisdom for Life’. We are looking at this book of Proverbs –a collection of wise sayings that reflect the normal pattern that prevails in this world.
We come to this book knowing that Christ is our wisdom. So, the way of wisdom is the way of Jesus. And the way of Jesus is the way of wisdom.
To follow Jesus is to follow wisdom. So, Proverbs maps out the life of a disciple. To walk in the way of wisdom is to walk in the way of Jesus.
Proverbs gives us wisdom for the whole of life. We are looking at five themes in the book of Proverbs. Last week, we looked at friends, and today, we look at family.
Proverbs gives us wisdom for husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters, so there is something here for all of us today.
1. Wisdom for Brothers and Sisters
Close relationships are vulnerable to deep wounds.
A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle – Proverbs 18:19
If I were to ask how many of us have a strained relationship with a brother or sister, I think it would be many. If you have siblings, how do you get on with your brother? How do you get on with your sister?
If you have a good relationship with your brother or sister, cherish it and guard it, because Proverbs reminds us that close relationships are vulnerable to deep wounds that don’t heal easily. “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,” (Proverbs 18:19).
You see this in the Bible. The first children born into the world were two boys, Cain and Abel. One was jealous of the other and in the end killed him. Then you have Jacob and Esau and Joseph and his brothers.