Wise Men Still Seek Him.
I haven’t been able to get past this quote since seeing it on a Christmas card I received over the holidays.
And it got me thinking about wisdom.
Wisdom is such an incredible thing. Its actually one of the many reasons I read the Bible and choose to follow Jesus.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)
But even if you’re not quite ready to buy in to the whole “Jesus is the Son of God thing,” the Bible still contains some incredible, life-changing wisdom worth considering.
Here is some compelling (Biblical) wisdom that rings true for all of humanity regardless of your faith…
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1
This is true for everyone, everywhere, no exceptions.
Reacting instead of calming down and thoughtfully responding always creates regret.
George Will says, “Do not speak, unless you can improve the silence.”
Bite your tongue. Walk Away. Swallow your Pride.
And like your mama always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Don’t React. Respond.
“Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” Romans 12:6 (the message)
Comparison only leads to 1 of 2 things: pride or envy … neither of which ever produce anything positive in your life.
Andy Stanley says, “There is no win in comparison.”
And there isn’t. Ever.
Do you. Quit Comparing.
“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Ephesians 4:26
Most people think this verse is about not going to bed angry (which is good advice), but really its about not allowing anger to carry over from one season of life to another.
We all know people that do this … carry around anger from a past relationship, job, or friendship. And guess what? It destroys their current relationship, job, and friendship.
We’ve all been hurt and we all have validated anger.
But the truth is, by hanging on to it, you are only hurting yourself.
Let it go. Move on.
To truly let go of anger, you have to choose to forgive.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
We have all been offended and we have all been the offender … We want forgiveness when we are the offender and justice when we are the offended.
But forgiveness is more about you and less about the other person.
Mike Glenn says “Forgiveness is releasing the other person from the expectation that they can fix what they did.”
Forgiveness releases the other person because they can’t fix it anyway.
And most importantly, it releases your heart.
Do yourself a favor and choose to
Wisdom impacts your relationships
changes your life.
“Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom.” Proverbs 4:7 (NCV)