In my daily Bible reading time last year I read Probervios 3, a passage I've studied and preached on numerous occasions. But during this reading, I realized that between verses 3 to 12 have all items on the rest of the book and, therefore, a sort of mini-guide to a life of faithfulness. There are five things that are a learned and pious way of life. Function both as a means to become wise and pious and are also signs that indicate whether you're growing in that lifestyle:
1. Trust in the depths of your heart in God and His grace. Remind yourself every day of their unconditional love pact same for you. Do not put your hopes in idols or what you can do.
You never give the love and truth have them always around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. You'll have the favor of God and you will have good reputation among the people. Trust in the Lord with all your heart ... (Proverbs 3:3-5a)
Two. Holds all your mind to Scripture. Do not think you know more than the word of God. Apply to all areas of your life. I know a person in authority.
And no ... [you trust] on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths (Proverbs 3:5 b-6).
Three. Be humble and let yourself be taught by others. Forgive and be sympathetic [to others] when you'd want is to criticize, get ready to learn when others are critical of you.
Do not be wise in your own opinion, but rather, fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your (Prov 3:7-8).
April. Be generoo with all your belongings, and passionate about justice. Share your time, talent and what you value with those who have less.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. Then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will overflow with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10)
May. Accept and learn from the difficulties and suffering. Through the gospel, recognizing in them not a punishment, but a couple being refined way to go.
My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor be offended by his reproofs. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father corrects his beloved son (Prov 3:11-12).
As you ponder these five elements - rooted in grace, and finding delight in obeying his Word, humble before others generously sacrificed in favor of others, and sign in the middle of the test - [I can only think] in Jesus. The New Testament tells us that in fact personified 'divine wisdom' of the Old Testament is Jesus (Mt 11:19). And I realized that a) showed a confidence and absolute loyalty to God to go to the cross [which also shows his loyalty towards us], b) his life was saturated and shaped by Scripture, c) life was meek and humble of heart (Matt. 11:28-30), d) still being rich, became poor for us, e) and bore his sufferings for us, without raising complaints. We can only grow in these five areas if we know that we have been saved by a costly grace. This keeps you from idols, self-sufficiency and pride, of being selfish with your stuff, and fall apart before difficulties. Jesus is wisdom personified, and believe his gospel brings these features into your life.
Over a few weeks I have spent time praying for these five things for my family and my church leaders. There is no better way to instill it is so big in your own heart, to pray intensely that occur in the lives of those you love.
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