DCLM Daily Manna 1 March 2024 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi—Ornament of Grace

Topic: Ornament of Grace (DCLM Daily Manna, March 1, 2024)

Key Verse: “For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head and chains about thy neck” (Proverbs 1:9).

Text: Proverbs 1:1–9 (KJV)

1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel;

2: To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;

4: To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

5 A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

6: To understand a proverb and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head and chains about thy neck.

DCLM Daily Manna for Today:

A Bible scholar asserts that “no bodily ornament will ever be more respectable and honorable to the Christian than true Bible wisdom, instruction, understanding, equity, and discretion, together with a deep desire to learn the principles that make an ornament of grace.”.



Apostle Paul’s exposition sheds light on the ornament of grace mentioned in our passage today. Solomon first identifies the elements of godly wisdom as instruction and understanding (vs. 2), justice, judgment, and equity (vs. 3), discretion (vs. 4), and experience (vs. 5). In verse 7, he stresses that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. In verse 9, he concludes that obedience to godly parents and submission to godly counsel will make a son wise and attract the attention of many to his conduct and character.

This Godly wisdom, which is described as an ornament of grace, is a function of the presence of God’s enablement in the life of the individual. Apostle Paul said, “By the grace of God, I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10). The Bible says the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace is God’s righteousness, acquired or activated at Christ’s expense.

The message is still relevant to youths who ignore parental and godly counsel to pursue modern society’s fading fads and fleeting fashions. The study equally invites all of us to pay greater attention to our Christian character, which is the manifestation of grace, than outward dressing. Grace ennobles and beautifies us, making our character attractive and sending forth a fragrance of goodness, godliness, and graciousness. Do people see the ornament of grace in your life?

Thoughts for the Day
Nothing is as beautiful as a gracious life.

2 Corinthians 5-7

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Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept you as my Lord and personal savior. I believe in my heart that you died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank you, Lord, for saving me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.



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