Proverbs 12 AMP

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy

Be a counselor of peace and receive joy.

I was counseled by a friend this week and he helped me untangle some confused emotions I was having.  When he offered advise or his understanding of the situation, he didn’t — he couldn’t have known how on-target he was.  Nonetheless, God was working through him.  He didn’t realize the joy that came through him.

Maybe there is more joy than I expect when I am the counselor.  I don’t come away feeling that much joy, but perhaps I just don’t realize it in the way I’m expecting.

Be a counselor of peace…stop fights, help people reconcile, bring truth against deceit…and there is joy.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit because both “peace” and “joy” are the fruit of the Holy Spirit.


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