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Proverbs 17:9 can be seen as either as a positive or negative. I did some looking up because I wanted to see the Hebrew word supporting the English word “fault.” At first I was thinking, before I did any looking up, that there is a difference between a fault and a sin. I was moving toward the things people comment on or criticize when someone does not do an activity or ritual the same way we do something, then we criticize them. However, that word translated “fault” in the NLT is not the word denoting sin, but transgression and it still is a “wrong.”

"Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends."

If the “fault” you are disregarding is a criminal act so that “love” can be preserved, than what has happened is an accessory after the fact to a crime (according to the judicial/criminal codes in most jurisdictions in the United States.) If the person loves to pick their teeth in public and it drives you crazy but the person is righteous, than disregarding, their fault is needful to keep the relationship.

Many of us enter relationships/marriages out of a touchy/feely kind of emotional distrubance love (I think the loved used here is the love with feelings and not the love as a verb type love) that covers “faults” which need to be exposed before we say, “I do.” Once this kind of love ceases, then all the faults that have been there all the time, will pop up like goose bumps on a skinny dipper diving into 30° water (2 below Celsius)

Just my thoughts,
Ramona

I have been working on disregarding fault with others. The old log in my eye is worse than the speck in another ones eye. I think this has really helped me be married for 30 years, and still have a good relationship with my grown kids. I am still struggling with not telling my kids how to bring up their kids! Only when they ask for advice :)

Now to pass this onto every day life in work and church is challenging.

I feel the proverb takes into account that the "preceived fault" does not hurt anyone.

1 Kings 17 struck a deep chord today. I was moved by your picture above, where Elijah was being fed by the ravens. Interesting that God required to Elijah to depend on 'looking upward' for his physical sustenance (where all of our physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance comes from, in actuality).

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