I have a verse that I hold close to me at all times. It's one that really spoke to me a number of years ago. Since then I am often reminded of it.
Don't laugh, here it is:
Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
That one got to my very core. It is so visually gross, isn't it? God has used that verse time and time to remind me not to behave like I used too. Not to go back to my old ways. To stop before I repeat my foolishness, before I eat my vomit. Now you see how gross that is!
I recently read where Peter recites the Proverb. Please read 2 Peter 2:22.
Anyway, my whole reason for writing is this; Bo was reading Proverbs 26 because I had been talking about that verse. He read the whole thing to me. There was one verse that stuck out to us. First because of how it was written. Bo felt there should be an and instead of or. But who are we to mess with God's word. Anyway, thinking back on that verse that he read I had a revelation about my boys particular behavior. I wanted to share it with you.
Here is the behavior. One brother does something to the other and the offended brother does it right back. The story I get is "He started it" or "He is always doing it to me". Lately it's been things like if Matthew asks Ryan to do something like move over Ryan makes faces at him. So Matthew makes faces back usually more dramatic and in anger. Just foolishness that I have been trying to drive out of them. Just this morning it happened. After I handled the situation I quietly said to God "Lord please give me a fresh scripture." Then He reminded of Proverbs 26:4-5 "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. (emphasis is mine, that's the or that to Bo should be and or even a because). So that is my word to pass onto the boys. I think this will become our 'family' scripture until they have it deep in their spirits (which will make the behavior stop).
I love when God gives me a fresh word. It's like a delicate, delicious piece of chocolate for my spirit!