The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Once we remember that the Lord is our focus, we have to evaluate if we have been willing to receive wisdom and instruction from our spouse. If not, we have been fools.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
Only a fool thinks that they are always right. It takes wisdom to realize there is truth in the counsel of others. In marriage our best counselor is our spouse. They know us intimately and should have our best interests in mind because our success is ultimately their success as well.
The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.
When we keep up foolishness in our homes, we are leaving a legacy of shame for our children. Only wisdom can inherit God’s glory. We need to be seeking wisdom in every area of our lives and building a legacy of glory for our children.
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
Our words hold power. When we see something in our homes that is not in alignment with the will of God, we must pray and speak life to that situation. The more we pray, encourage, and affirm, the stronger our house will be. Nagging and complaining will work as a wrecking ball to destroy it.
A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.
We have to also remember to listen. We can’t hoard our own thinking and only give room for what we feel in our own hearts. We need to throw away selfishness and make room for understanding to come in. Our hearts should be knitted together with love. If we don’t desire to understand our spouse’s perspective, then the stitching that holds us together will likely unravel.
It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.
We have to organize our thoughts and strategically place our words. There is no honor in starting arguments with our spouse, it only leads to dishonor. When we get rid of the clutter in our brains that come from insecurities and double mindedness, we can better communicate our disagreements. We can issue our concerns in love and be received instead of immediately rejected out of defense.
There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.
When we get rid of all foolishness, we receive a treasure! The oil of provision and anointing will dwell with us. Only a fool would waste what the Lord promises. Let’s choose wisdom for our marriage. Let’s open up the windows of our hearts and air out the staleness that has set in. Let the fresh wind of God blow in our homes and over our marriages. Let the blood of Jesus cleanse us from infectious and contagious germs and bacteria that have settled in places that we have neglected to wash with Your Word.
Father we thank You that You give us access to Your wisdom. Forgive us for being fools and letting foolishness to enter into our marriage. Expose every place of folly and replace it with Your Wisdom. We refuse to be fools. We put our trust in You and desire the fear of the Lord that leads us to understanding. We choose to build our spouse with counsel, encouragement and prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!