vs 2. God is able to conceal and reveal the truth. Men are right for searching for truth. And those who seek will find.
vs 6-7. We should not exalt ourselves. The humble are exalted by God.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver”
The tongue of the learned is a blessing. It is extremely beneficial to all that you can say the right thing at the right time.
vs 14. It is better to be a giver without boasting. And what you do in secret, is seen by the Lord.
vs 16. Don’t be greedy. More than what is necessary can be bad.
vs 19. Confidence is good. Knowing you have the ability to do something is necessary. Confidence must be based upon the power which God supplies, not just your own abilities. Misplaced confidence can lead to destruction.
vs 21-22. Even though they are your enemy, it is good to be kind to them. God will reward you though they may not. This reminded Malachi of Elisha’s wise dealings with the Syrians
So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria! Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel. (2 Kings 6:20-23)
vs 23. Use your tongue for good only. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.
vs 25. The gospel is good news; like cold water to a weary soul. Preach the gospel.
vs 28. The hardest person to control is yourself. Self-control is provision of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God. God helps us keep our selfish desires in subjection.
– Nehemiah, Anna, Asher, Gideon, Malachi, Lydia, and Pat Woods