Learn Wisdom From God’s Word

Friends,
Many people say that love is the greatest thing to have.  They may base this on passages such as 1 Cor. 13.  However, the last verse in that chapter (verse 13) says, “And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  So, to me, that looks like, out of THOSE three, the greatest is love.  And from the context –the way the chapter begins, plus the preceding chapter, it appears this loving relates to how important it is when using our spiritual gifts within the body of Christ.  In other words, “Don’t even think to exercise spiritual gifts of prophecy, knowledge, tongues, service, etc. if you are not doing it out of love.  Because love must accompany everything else.”

So, I certainly do believe that having love is “the greatest” in this respect.  However, it’s just that with all this love-talk we get in Christendom lately, I also believe we need to be careful.  For one thing, I doubt that even Christians are using the definition the way Scripture does or the sacrificial way God means it.  God is love (1 John 4:16), but He is also many other things.  He is just, merciful, jealous, angry, and powerful –just to mention a few of His attributes.  And He is also complete Truth, for He never lies.  So what is more important?  Love –or Truth?  Love –or faith?  Can there be pure, perfect love without Truth or faith?  Certainly not in the context of loving God.  They just all must go together.  For to love God without Truth is impossible.  We’d be loving someone false –a false god.  And to love without faith?  How could we love God if we didn’t believe in Him?  It just wouldn’t happen.  Could we love Him if we didn’t trust in Him?  Well, the love would certainly be imperfect.

How about our love for others –which is what the famous 1 Cor. 13 chapter’s context is about?  Can we love correctly without truth?  –Or without justice or wisdom?  Can love merely save on its own?  No.  Just as a child cannot save her mother from a disease, a doctor with knowledge, truth, wisdom, and action must be part of the remedy.

I’m not attempting to discredit Scripture.  Far be it from me!  What I want to point out, is that when Scripture talks about loving others it is sometimes used out of context.  This seems to be done so as to allow for unity and tolerance to be taught at the expense of other things God’s Word tells us to strive for –like truth, perfection, holiness, and wisdom.

The reason I’m bringing up wisdom right there next to love, is because, different from the push of the “unity-at-all-costs” group (who tout their agenda in “love” wording), Scripture teaches me that wisdom is right up there in importance. And wisdom is something lacking in the church these days, even amongst the clergy.  Look at what Prov. 4:7 says:  “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have get understanding.”  The last sentence here can be translated, “Whatever else you get, get understanding.”  Whatever else?  Even love?  No.  That would be twisting Scripture –based on other Scripture.  But my point is that we need a whole lot more than just love.

And one of them is wisdom.  Along with understanding.  Along with discernment, insight, knowledge, discretion, prudence, and discipline.  (See Prov. 1:2-5) And discipline comes from accepting training and instruction.  Where do we get this?  From God’s Word. And where do we get the wisdom… etc…?  Well, Prov. 1:7 says it begins with “the fear of the Lord.” That means fearing Him enough to listen to Him!  Prov. 2:6 tells us.  “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Where else do we get words from the Lord’s mouth –but through His Word, the Scriptures?  And for those of us who are born anew by His Spirit, His Holy Spirit will “teach you all things and will remind you of everything I [Jesus] have said to you.”  (John 14:26)  He reminds us THROUGH THE WORD –the Holy Bible.

Then with Him as our teacher, we will “correctly handle the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 2:15) and learn what is truly being taught from it.  As Jesus says in John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”  The truth about love… faith… hope… righteousness…  This, I believe, is summed up as:  Learning Wisdom.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on January 8, 2010.

 
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