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18 May 2021

Proverbs 19:14

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
    but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

If a foolish son and a quarreling wife are ruin to a man, all the more blessed it is to have a prudent wife. Why prudent? Why not loving? A prudent wife is a loving wife, for she takes care of her husband and home. The epitome of such prudence is found in Proverbs 31:10-31. A prudent wife is one who exercises wisdom and discretion in practical matters. Her home is kept in order. She takes care of the children. She strives to be a helpmeet to her husband. Truly a man with such a wife is blessed by the Lord.

Likewise, men are to be prudent, as the first part of the proverb demonstrates. The man receives a house and wealth as an inheritance from his father who exercised prudence in providing for his family. The father heeded the proverbs which taught to be industrious, to use discretion with money, to slowly build up wealth and not to spend it foolishly. Truly a wife and children with such a husband and father are blessed by the Lord.

 

2 John

The elder,

To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.