I think this is a good verse to remember. Some people think that if they give offerings, financial or otherwise, they're good-to-go, without examining their hearts and what they do. Not good - no bueno!
This is exactly the kind of wife I DON'T WANT to be!
I took this verse to mean that people who like the good life so much, and want to have all the luxuries in the world will just keep spending and spending in order to attain those things. I don't think it's saying there's anything wrong with enjoying pleasures and riches if you have it, but is that your focus? If it's your focus, then you'll just keep wanting more and more and never be truly satisfied.
What's the point of having so much wealth, but having a bad character, that people don't want to associate with you?
Everyone, as in every single person, was made by God. You can't look down on someone because they're not as rich, or pretty, or educated, or spiritual, or well-dressed as you. At the end of the day, you and I are all God's creation and He doesn't love me more than He loves you, and vice versa.
I say this all the time. If you owe someone money, they have some kind of rule over your life, because as you work, your earnings are going towards paying them. They can call you at any time asking for their money or part of it back, and it's really their prerogative. If you must borrow, make sure you have a good plan in place to repay it at an agreed time.
In the past week, there's been talk about whether physically disciplining your children is good or bad. I think it's okay to an extent, but don't go overboard and kick, or injure, or over-discipline your child. That would only traumatize them or cause a hardened heart.
From verses 17 to 21, a prelude to Thirty Wise Sayings is given. We are told to keep the sayings close to our hearts, as they are full of good advice. NLT doesn't number the different sayings, but the Message and Contemporary English versions do. I'm not going to list all of them, but you can look through yourself. Maybe that'll be an Instagram challenge for me at another time :)
Wise Saying #2
Ever heard that saying, "Show me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are?" The people you surround yourself with, gradually rub off on you and you begin to behave like they do. Be careful.
Wise Saying #5
AMEN! Have a pretty day!