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Proverbs 3:17 (Mini Sermon)

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17. Pro 3:17 - "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."
A. Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
i. This is the only place in the Bible where the word pleasantness is found.
ii. Pleasantness n. - The quality of being pleasant (in various senses: see the adj.).
iii. Pleasant adj. - 1. Having the quality of giving pleasure; originally synonymous with pleasing, but now used more vaguely: Agreeable to the mind, feelings, or senses; such as one likes.
iv. Therefore, the ways of wisdom are pleasurable, pleasing, agreeable, and likeable.
v. In other words, finding wisdom and getting understanding (Pro 3:13), will bring happiness to one's life.
vi. When knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul (Pro 2:10), thy life shall be pleasant (Pro 2:11, 20-21).
vii. When brethren seek wisdom and are in unity, our church will be pleasant as well (Psa 133:1).
B. And all her paths are peace.
i. All of wisdom's paths are peace.
ii. If a course of action in your life is not leading to peace, chances are that that path you have chosen is not a wise path.
iii. Peace n. - I. 1. a. Freedom from, or cessation of, war or hostilities; that condition of a nation or community in which it is not at war with another.
iv. If you are constantly fighting battles with people (spouse, children, parents, bosses, coworkers, teachers, government, neighbors, etc.), then you are not seeking wisdom.
v. If we work righteousness by living wisely, we will have peaceful lives (Isa 32:17-18).
vi. We should try our best to live peaceably with all men (Rom 12:18).
vii. Seeking wisdom from the word of God will facilitate that.