I would offer that the word love is not a verb, it is a noun.  It is not something you do. It is what you are made of and what you were created to be.
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Proverbs 18:4

Is there someone in your life who  represents wisdom to you?  Take note of them and study what it is about them that makes you feel that way.  For me it is a woman I befriended at church.  Actually, I first met her at a bible study before I began attending my current church, and  over the years we became very close.   She has since gone to be with God.

She did not come off as an intellectual, rather she was just a friendly old gal that was fun to be with, and had many stories to tell.  At 80-something, she was still quite self sufficient and independent. 

I was quite naturally drawn to her when I needed advice on any number of subjects.  When I attended a re-focus retreat some months ago, I came to realize what quality she had that made her represent wisdom to me.  She was able to be brutally (I mean tear you apart brutally) honest, right in your face, yet with the gentleness of a summer breeze.  No matter how harshly she corrected you, it always came from a place of love and respect.  I hope I can be like her someday.

Proverbs 18:10

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer."
                                              Psalms 19:14

















Proverbs 18-23

We, as a society, need to turn this one around.  It rings of more truth than we should be capable of accepting.















                                                 lynnibug


Proverbs 18 - New Living Translation

1 Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.

2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

4 Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

5 It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

6 Fools' words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.

7 The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.

8 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe.

11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.

12 Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.

13 Spouting off before listening to the facts both shameful and foolish.

14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?

15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

17 The first to speak in court sounds right-until the cross-examination begins.

18 Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.

21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.

23 The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.

 24 There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

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