Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wisdom with Largeness of Heart

Every day, citizens are bombarded with issues that require a thoughtful response. Every day, politicians and pundits make their cases. Everyone seems right--who do you believe?

As followers of Christ, we know that wisdom is just a prayer away. But keep in mind that God's thoughts are not man's thoughts--they are higher even as the heavens are higher than the earth. Therefore, the wisdom you receive from God will not always make sense to the secular world.

The wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure; 
then peace loving, considerate, submissive, 
full of mercy and good fruit; 
impartial and sincere,

as opposed to earthly wisdom which the Bible calls

unspiritual, of the devil,
full of envy, selfish ambition, disorder and every evil practice.

Is it any wonder that in a secular world followers of Christ often come across as naive and impractical? 

On the other hand, when we rail against evil without referencing God's mercy and grace, we also come across as judgmental and harsh.

When the psalmist needed wisdom, he sought God's commandments along with largeness of heart. May that be our request when we ask God for wisdom to deal with the issues of today. May all our "solutions" for the problems of the world be tempered with God's grace, mercy, and love.

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