Call to worship
The family gathers to worship God in unity.
All family confesses faith in unity through the Apostle’s Creed.
A family member prays in thanking God and asking Him to receive this worship in pleasure.
Scripture & Application
- V. 1-7 uses contrasts to explain how we might seek righteousness. V. 4 and 5 use cultural examples to emphasize that point. Thinking about how a smith builds or refines precious metals. In what ways should we follow the example of the king and blacksmith? What should we “refine” in us?
- V. 8-14 reveals the power of words. Words have power and meaning because it affects our neighbor. Reflect on the nature of your words within the past week. Have your words brought people closer together, or have your words brought people to shame? It is wisdom to process and talk through issues with someone else (v. 8-9). We should work things out with our neighbors, but this does not always happen. If we are prone to argue or reveal secrets, ask ourselves, why do we do this? How can we turn towards God and speak in an encouraging and loving way?
- V. 15-28 talk about how we should treat one another. We should speak truthfully and care for others as well. Solomon is interested in how we treat one another because of his experience in life, the convictions God gave him, and his role as king. Though we do not have enemies like Solomon, we have big conflicts. How should we, as God’s people, deal with that conflict? How can we use our words and actions to restore those relationships? Since this proverb ends with talking about self-control, how can we practice self-control in times that causes us to feel anger or frustration?
One Praise Song appropriate for the family.
A family member prays to close the worship service, then everyone
recites the Lord’s Prayer.