Love And Wisdom Go Hand In Hand

A godly man or woman will be known by how they react to instruction, teaching, and rebuke. “By your fruits will you be known.” You will see through their response if they are wise and loving or foolish and vengeful. 

True wisdom only comes through the fear of the Lord. From a desire to seek to please Him in all your ways. When a word of instruction or even rebuke comes will you stop, consider, and search your own heart to see if you have done wrong if you have offended your righteous and holy God? Or will you be offended that it was even suggested that you did anything wrong?

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:9-10

If you want to be wise in God’s eyes, fear the Lord, love others, seek to obey His commands, follow His precepts, and continually humble yourselves before Him in everything you do.

In this way, you will learn from your mistakes. The lessons God is teaching you. Through humility comes introspection, the ability to stop and examine yourself, and to quickly repent of your sins. If you can do this, your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the Lord will expand day by day.

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Many in this time and age are building up their own wisdom, they are relying on their own knowledge of what they can see and understand for themselves. They live with a selfish point of view, without love, and yet declare that they follow and know God.

They run to and fro to gain as much knowledge and wisdom of this world as possible. Even increasing in their own Biblical knowledge, to attain some kind of intellectual stature. Some kind of lofty amount of grandeur because of all they think they know. But God says that such natural and worldly pursues are futile. 

But true wisdom that comes through the fear and obedience to the Lord is far greater and eternal.

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:3-4

But for the worldly Wiseman just to know all that they have attained does not satisfy them. They need the accolades of others. They desire to be puffed up with the applause of crowds. This is not wisdom. It is not from God. But it is foolishness. In this world, foolishness and self-righteousness abound. But for godly wisdom, it is rare.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advise. The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. Proverbs 12:15-16

If you are not seeking God first, fearing Him at every turn, and searching for the Holy Spirit to give you instruction and wisdom, and to walk it all out in love, what good is it? If you do great and amazing feats in this world but it is without God’s love and wisdom, God says it is worth nothing. 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If you want true wisdom, wisdom with eternal value, you must fear the Lord first. To do His will should be foremost on your heart and it must be accompanied with love.

Anything that is done without God and others in mind can result in loveless pursuits. Increased knowledge puffs up with pride those who seek it and will be of no eternal advantage if they are not done for God. Unless you fear the Lord, love others, and seek to honor Him, giving Him all the glory, it will have been all for naught.

We know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

So turn your focus on what you can do for yourself and focus on seeking the wisdom from the Lord, what you can do for the Lord. He works opposite of the world. Those who seek to save their lives will lose it and those who lose their lives for His sake will gain it all.

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