Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist. Proverbs 8:13 says, To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. To harbor sin in your life is to tolerate evil. By committing ourselves fully to God we work to break from sin. We will never be perfect, but we should always strive towards righteousness.
God’s wisdom is greater than anything we can receive elsewhere. We must pay attention and stay away from the things that hurt or displease God. Proverbs 6:16-19 clearly states: 16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. Wisdom is taking knowledge and information learned and through wisdom applying it in our lives. The Bible is clear, it is up to us to apply through wisdom that can only come from God.
Nothing we do is ever hidden from God. Proverbs 5:21 says, For man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths. Which is why we should be so thankful for God’s grace. Even though He knows our perfection, He still gives us forgiveness and loves us just the same.
What we allow in our heart dictates, to a great extent, how we live our lives. In Proverbs 4:23 it says, Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. If we cannot control the desires of our heart, we are at risk of desiring things that can destroy us. By guarding ourselves we are protecting ourselves from potential destruction.
It is foolish of us to think we can attain true wisdom without the knowledge of God. It is even more foolish to think we can attain knowledge outside of God’s influence in our lives. Proverbs 2:6 says, For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Without knowledge and understanding we cannot have God’s wisdom. It is through our knowledge, understanding, and relationship with God that we have true wisdom and can apply it in our lives, and in the lives of others.
Everything in our lives can be considered a learning experience if we approach it the right way. It is ok to fail and it is ok to acknowledge to God that we need Him because we are imperfect and lack wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 says, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Only a fool would think they are ok without God’s influence and leading in their lives. Let us not be fools. Let us accept God’s wisdom and discipline to make us who we were created to be.
In the third letter from John, he writes to Gaius who is a prominent Christian in the Christian Church. John explains in 3 John 1:4 that Joy comes from the knowledge of the truth and walking with God in that truth: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Let us all find joy, peace, and contentment from walking with God regardless of our circumstances.