Proverbs 19:1 (CSB) - "Better a poor person who lives with integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool."
This chapter of Proverbs could be titled "Getting Rid of Bad Habits." It shows the proper attitudes we should have in the areas of business (vss. 1-5), government (vss. 6-10), family (vss. 11-16), the poor (vs. 17), and our personal habits (vss. 18-29).
As we read this chapter today, muse over the habits that you display in each of these areas. I have been convicted in a number of areas. We are all guilty of doing something wrong everyday (and if you feel this doesn't apply to you, well, you just were mistaken). 1 John 1:9 (CSB) reminds us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
In the realm of business, the writer talks about our attitudes toward integrity, adversity, knowledge, and recklessness. In the area of the proper attitude toward our personal habits, he addresses discipline, self-control, seeking counsel, the sovereignty of God, diligence, and honoring our parents.
God doesn't want us to be negative, cynical, defeated, bitter, or malicious. He desires that we are positive, loving, kind, gracious. He desires us to be instruments of blessing to others around us.
Prayer: Our Father, teach us from Your Word today. Help us to look at ourselves, and see how we can live more like You want us to live. Make me a blessing to others. May You have free course in my heart and life. Amen.