A man of understanding holds his peace.
He who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall.
In the multitude of counselors there is safety.
A gracious woman retains honor.
The merciful man does good for his own soul.
He who sows righteousness will have a sure reward,
As righteousness leads to life.

Proverbs 11:11-14, 16-19

Men and women of understanding and honor do many things that lead to life.

The stairway in the garden takes you to a vantage point of overlooking the entire garden. So it is with counselors of God.

First of all, in conflict one needs to hold onto peace. Remember, My peace is what brings peace beyond understanding. This is not something you muster up on your own. Lean into the Shalom of heaven in order to hold onto peace. When you have been given confidential matters or are made privy to things that could wound others, a man of faithfulness conceals matters. Temptations will come to uncover people to make yourself look good; this does nothing but tear everyone down. Conceal private matters and help others maintain their dignity.


When you have been given confidential matters or are made privy to things that could wound others, a man of faithfulness conceals matters.


As you walk through life you will encounter issues that require godly counsel. Seek it out. Walking in safety takes humility. The proud set themselves up for failure; be wise and seek Me and My righteous ones to guide you into safety.

Women who are gracious receive honor and also My favor. Graciousness is something that needs to be developed and sought after; once you begin pursuing this, honor will come.

Men of mercy not only benefit the ones to whom they show mercy, but the duality of the blessing is they are blessed in their own soul. Be merciful; this is a part of who I am. Seek to be like Me.

Do you continue to seek My reward? It is easy walk in righteousness and My reward will come. Righteous leads to life. Choose Life!


Excerpted from Awakened to Beauty by Jill Ricci. Coming September 2016 from CVHR Books.
© 2016 Jill A. Ricci. All rights reserved.

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