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~ Proverbs 15 ~ the Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom ~ Pray for Discernment ~

Updated on October 15, 2019
DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

Pastoral Counselor ordained Elder/Minister Ambassador at Alpha 7 Ministries M.A.Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy

Exercising Discipline: Mind your tongue!

~ Proverbs 15 The Goldmine Of Spiritual Wisdom ~

The Proverbs are an exquisite book of timeless godly wisdom. Although the world is continuously changing, God’s foundational core wisdom principles for life and living remains the same. They were meant to be passed from generation to generation by godly parents, ministers, the clergy at large, leaders and rulers! Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4. Here in this ongoing series of the Proverbs, I hope you are inspired to grow closer to the Lord and seek HIS WILL & HIS WAY for your life. To read for yourself a Proverb each day and mine through its contents for spiritual wisdom nuggets. From this Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom you will discover a treasure of brilliant wisdom.

When God through the Word spoke this world into existence He had a plan for His people. His plan has not changed. His Word is powerful, it is alive! His Word became flesh for us! His Word is Christ Jesus! “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, and the Glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and TRUTH!” John 1. His Holy presence was with King Solomon and is with us today. Although difficult to fully grasp; the difference is we are able to have His presence dwell within us! "...Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them. Greater is HE that is in You than he that is in the world…" I John 4 As believers we must holdfast to the TRUTH! Jesus loved us so much He became human and robed Himself in a body of sinless flesh. He then overcame sin in the flesh for us all! He lived an absolute sinless life on earth. Then He was crucified, died and was resurrected from the grave with all power. Before He returned again to heaven He left us His precious Holy Spirit, The Comforter, His internal Teacher and our Guide to all TRUTH!

The enemy continues to undermine God’s will for our lives! By orchestrating and manipulating situations in and around the lives of God’s children. Quite often setting up situations to see how you will react. He seeks to divide and conquer. He will use whoever is willing to go along... The best thing to do is not respond at all. Keep your focus daily upon the Lord! Sometimes say nothing at all. This has been his tactic from the beginning of time. Be very selective in whom you confide.The first example was when he convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. “Then the serpent said to the woman “You will not surely die, For God knows that in the day that you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil…” Genesis 3. The rest is history since that day he continues to attempt to deceive and pull some away from the Lord... Just think how different things would be if Eve had not responded to the serpent. Whenever challenged or placed under the microscope; know this gives us the opportunity to call upon Christ Jesus! God's childern are "peculiar" and we are quite often misunderstood! We all so need Jesus as Savior and Lord! Pray for discernment!

Reading and meditating on a Proverb each day will sharpen your spiritual discernment! There are marvelous spiritual nuggets here. Solomon candidly shares to help us better discover how to navigate through the many mazes of life. To help us along the Way! If you have gotten off track, here you can find the way to bring you back or if you do not know Him this can help you discover the narrow path that leads to the Lord! The Proverbs are here to teach us the way of wisdom. To help us to improve and make better life decisions.

King Solomon who had seven (700) hundred wives and three (300) concubines plus a multitude of children, can teach us some things. He knew what happened as he began to intermarry with his many pagan wives. He knew what happened when his children put God’s ways on the back burner. He was the wisest and wealthiest man to ever live. In these Proverbs King Solomon has an extensive wealth of knowledge to share with us! If you want things to change for the better, look to God and His Word, begin to seek Him above ALL else. If you are looking for answers here is a good place to start.

Centuries ago the Queen of Sheba was looking for answers. She traveled a very long distance to visit and sit under the counsel of Solomon. After spending time with Solomon, listen to what she says. “She said to the King, The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your men must be! How happy your officials who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and place you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, He has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.” I King 10. She no longer doubted Solomon’s ability, questioned his power and authority or wisdom. She became an admirer as well as many other kings and dignitaries.

Here are only a few highlighted Proverbs. It is highly recommended that you set aside some time and meditate and study these in your private time. Take time to go through each Proverb.Invite the Holy Spirit in to fill your heart and open your spiritual eyes and understanding. Your heart, mind and soul will be enriched. The wisdom of the Lord is available to you just like it was to Solomon. We can learn from him without experiencing some of the same mistakes.

~ Proverbs 15 ~

Proverbial Lesson Highlights!

Controlling Your Tongue

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stores up anger.” Try having an argument with someone while you are whispering! The point here is that when you respond in a gentle manner you can quiet anger. There are times when it is quite appropriate to raise your voice. A gradually elevated crescendo in your voice will get the needed attention. But when it becomes the norm one might want to first think about exercising some discipline and self control. Healthy communication is key to any good relationship.

“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” The tongue is a powerful little member. Thinking again before you speak is wise. Just saying anything may not get you the desire results!Death and life are in the power of the tongue…" Proverbs 18. The Proverbs have a lot to say about the importance of learning how to control your tongue. “If anyone among you, thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless…” James 1


“The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.” The Proverbs teach us the importance of having discernment. Discernment is when we acquire clean selective righteous judgment and good taste. Discernment is what helps us distinguish if something is of God or if it is from the enemy. When we feed our minds with the Word of God we grow spiritually stronger. It has an impact on our total being. Folly is just the opposite it is thoughtlessness and recklessness and makes one irresponsible!

Wisdom & Foolishness

“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.” When our children listen they bring us much joy! The truth is our children do not always listen. This is the time we must exercise patience. I am thankful we never cussed at our children nor anyone else for that matter. Nor called them out of their name. In raising our children we never had a child that went to jail, was on drugs or promiscuous. All and all they were usually very respectful. They were encouraged to be responsible and excel in their studies and knew that their grades was their ticket to be able to have extra recreational activities. We are thankful by the grace of God to have raised them in a peaceful healthy home. They never had to worry if we would be there for them as they were growing up.

As children get older adolescence and peer pressure can bring about friction between them and their mothers & fathers as well as both parents at times. This can sadden a mother’s and father's heart. You want to minimize this. It is important to be firm, consistent and model good behavior. You must keep the lines of communication open. You want to encourage them to exercise self-control. Today many children are being raised in single parent homes as well as blended families. This can be challenging on many different levels. I commend those who desire to raise their children with good values. But you must seek a balance for they need to be able to learn how to be autonomous. Yet, it is also important that they be respectful. Outside influences begin to pull upon them… You must seek to uphold healthy boundaries... Today it is important to be prayerful! It is during these times we must listen attentively realizing that they are trying to find themselves in a world that is constantly shifting away from godly principles. Here we run into the enticement of folly. It requires much sacrifice and wisdom to properly raise children.

Importance of Planning

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” It is important to have a plan. When there is no guidance plans easily fail. The Bible is full of wonderful godly counsel. Solomon gives us wise counsel here in the Proverbs. He has a wealth of experience we can learn from. In our modern day society we have the capabilities to develop a network of wise advisers locally as well as all around the world at the same time. When we weigh their different suggestions and opinions we can come up with a clearer plan. The Lord has now given us His Holy Spirit to guide us to ALL TRUTH! Planning is important. We always want to make sure our plans are in accordance with the Lord's will for us!

Contrast Godly & Wicked

“The Lord detest the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.” The Good thing about the Lord is He knows everything. He is Omniscient, meaning all knowing! He knows exactly what we are thinking. He also knows who His children are, as well as those who are not. We are not able to totally comprehend God with our finite minds. Nor can we do to this from a carnal mindset. We need His Holy Spirit! This is why we have to spend consistent time in prayer and in His Word. As we grow spiritually we better understand what it means when the Word says;

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgments about things, For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” I Corinthians 2. As the righteous we must begin to think about our answers and actions. We are supposed to live to please the Lord! The wicked really do not care. Do you have the mind of Christ? Or do you think like the world?

PROVERBS 15 Concludes by telling us: “He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”


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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Lady E, Thank you I am enjoying them right along with you! They are indeed are a Treasure of Spiritual Wisdom!

      Thank you for sharing, it is always so nice of you to visit! By the way, it really is a good way to deal with loud people... Much love & Blessings!

    • Lady_E profile image


      10 years ago from London, UK

      I am enjoying the Proverbs series. I love that verse about a gentle answer and remember it when dealing with loud people. Thanks for sharing more with us.

      Best Wishes. :)

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Stars439, The Proverbs are wonderful! It is good to take your time and go through them... Each time you will learn something new, refreshing and encouraging! Thank you for stopping and your kind words are appreciated! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

    • stars439 profile image


      10 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mr.s Debra: I love to read the Proverbs and you do such a marvelous job of making them available to us. Your work is exceedingly wonderful and your photographs are captivating. God Bless You.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      A M Werner, Reminds me of this counselee I had who had schizophrenia. I gave her a Bible and asked her to take quiet time reading short passages to feed her spirit! She too was mild most of the time. She was a single mother of two and had a daughter with sickle cell anemia. She would ask me to pray for her on many occasions She also had epilepsy … But her temper… She decked a doctor when her daughter was going through an episode! She had to go into anger management. I really learned a lot through her about schizophrenia….

      It is true that “a soft voice” can calm wrath! But you must stay centered. “I've learned to be patient and longsuffering, and realize that the power is always with me.” This is SO true! It is so very reassuring when the Lord stands with you and shows you the power of “self control.” There is a real inner peace that takes place! Spiritual warfare is real! You can see the spiritual warfare pulling on the person when they are in that rage mode. It was good for her that you did not have to use physical intervention and were so centered … It is times like this you can Praise God! “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!

      As you say: “There is healing in our words, not only in what we say but how we say it - and the spirit and intent behind it. “The tongue truly can be an unruly member and one who learns to discipline it can find great peace.” Hallelujah! God is so Good! Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings

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      Allen Werner 

      10 years ago from West Allis

      DeBorrah, as I started reading I thought of my job last night. One of my clients with schizophrenia, who usually is a very sweet and cheerful person, was having one of her heated episodes, arguing back and forth about God and hell with her voices. She eventually turned that rage toward me and nothing I could say or do, had an effect. She even refused at times to be called by her name saying that wasn't her name now. All these years of working with those with physical and mental illness have helped give me a very soft and gentle tongue with dealing with wrath. I've learned to be patient and longsuffering, and realize that the power is always with me, not with them. I prayed silently for her as she fumed, and every reply I gave her was truthful, sincere and peaceful. When she could not get the response she wanted, she stormed out and was gone for a half hour. When she came back, the spirits that had been pressing her, were gone. She was sweet and cheerful again like nothing had happened. If I had chose to impose my will at a time when there was nothing to be gained by it, the situation would have escalated and could have resulted in more problems for both of us, including, if contested enough, police intervention. There is healing in our words, not only in what we say but how we say it - and the spirit and intent behind it. The tongue truly can be an unruly member and one who learns to discipline it can find great peace. Peace.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      James A Watkins, The Proverbs are truly wonderful & delightful! You are quite welcome! Thank you for the many brilliant history lessons on a multiplicity of topics! It is always a pleasure! In His love & Blessinsgs!

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Wow! That first picture is stunningly beautiful. I love Proverbs. I have read them all countless times but each time I do I am enriched again. Thank you for this excellent exposition.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      2besure, Yes they are a treasure! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub. Proverbs is a treasure trove of words to live by!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Rev Lady, There are so many proverbial lessons in the Proverbs! The Scriptures are Awesome! Discernment is so very important! We need to continually pray for the Lord to open our spiritual eyes and ears...

      You are quite welcome! Thank you for visiting and sharing your God given spiritual insight, It is always a pleasure. To God Be The Glory!

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      10 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Another great proverbial lesson. Particularly interesting is the emphasis on discernment. This is so important to our Christian life.

      "Discernment is when we acquire clean selective judgment and good taste. Discernment is what helps us distinguish if something is of God or if it is from the enemy. " I think this is a good definition and offers good clarity for understanding the divine nature of discernment.

      Thank you Pastor DeBorrah for this rich food upon which to feast. Blessings!!

      Forever His,

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Itakins, Thank you for stopping by to share, In His Love & Blessings!

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      10 years ago from Irl

      Another great and edifying read.


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