“Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise.”
1 Corinthians 3.18
To become wise in the eyes of God, one must surrender the wisdom of this age, becoming foolish, so to speak, about this world.
Why does Paul warn about guarding against self-deception?
#wisdom #1Corinthians #self-deception
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Proverbs 1.7 NLT
This verse is widely acknowledged as the theme of the book of Proverbs.
How does our fearing God affect daily conduct?
#fear #VOTD #wisdom
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV)
Всякое раздражение и ярость, и гнев, и крик, и злоречие со всякою злобою да будут удалены от вас; но будьте друг ко другу добры, сострадательны, прощайте друг друга, как и Бог во Христе простил вас. (К Ефесянам 4:31-32 Russian)
Most holy and awesome God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you the blessing of life on this Lord’s Day that greets all people who love Christ as Lord. Bless all people in the world with the opportunity to know about your love and grace that has brought the hope of eternal life to this dark world. Give all Christians the wisdom to think before speaking so that we do not stir up any bitter feelings toward fellow believers. Help us to be good examples for all people of the way Jesus would behave in any situation. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister
Cedar Creek FL
#prayer #wisdom #good-example
In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:
People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom. Who today is renown for their wisdom? The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.
There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.
Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.
Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.
#wisdom #Christ #Bible
“Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.”
Proverbs 21.17 NLT
The lover of pleasure wanders from the way of wisdom, v. 16.
What modern pleasures do people waste their money on?
“Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me;
I possess understanding and might.”
They say knowledge is power; God’s wisdom contains both.
How does Solomon say this wisdom is obtained?
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men-than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations” (1 Kings 4:29-31 NKJV). The God-given wisdom of Solomon written in the Book of Proverbs is the best psychology book explaining human behavior ever written. Simply put, everyone is either “wise” or “foolish.” “Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Proverbs 10:14 NKJV). This was hundreds of years before Christ. No Eastern philosophy or religion was equal to it, then or now! That Solomon’s “fame” spread world-wide shows that to be the case.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.