There are people who curse their fathers and do not show their appreciation for their mothers. A child who is wise (that is, they honour their parents) gives their father and mother satisfaction by the way they live. Solomon invited young people to consider how their actions affect their parents. Parents usually think it is their duty to make their children happy, but many proverbs urge children to bring happiness to their parents. Proverbs reveals the parent-child relationship as a two-way street; each affects the other.
There are people who think they are pure when they are as filthy as they can be. I believe it is possible to not only stay clean in the midst of a moral landslide, I believe it is possible to grow in holiness and purity – even though hell engulfs this generation. It is not inevitable that God’s people should fall by the wayside, victims of demonic powers let loose on this earth.
There are people who think they are so good—oh, how good they think they are! You’re pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn’t it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
There are people who take cruel advantage of the poor and needy; that is the way they make their living.
“People are sent into our lives to teach us things that we need to learn about ourselves.” – Mandy Hale