Today, instead of the actual words on the page, I am drawn to the purpose of Proverbs. You see, this isn’t just the template for a fortune cookie factory, nor is it words shouted from the streets to strangers, this is advice given from father to son. It’s advice given in relationship and that is why it was effective.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Jesus knew the value of both relationship with God and with men. It’s how he grew. Right now, the best thing we can do is to grow in relationship with God and with men.

Quite a bit can happen in relationship, in a real, transparent relationship. It’s a risk and it can hurt, but the benefits far outweigh the pain. Encouragement, correction, teaching, healing can all come in a healthy relationship between God and man.

It’s what we see in Proverbs. The topics discussed: wisdom, integrity, finances, trust–all of these things are taught within a relationship. In that beautiful lens of love, we can talk about anything. If you really know someone’s heart and they are speaking the truth in love, it is difficult to be offended. I believe that is the way the Lord designed the church to be.