by: FCC Staff
When we seek to gain wisdom, the correction of those who love us and share our faith can be very beneficial in our walk. But when we dig our heels in, rejecting wisdom and godly counsel, we can reap all the negative consequences of our actions and still learn nothing from them.
This is also true in how we interact with others. If you are in a close relationship with someone and offer them spiritual counsel, they are likely to let it sink in, as opposed to those who reject the wisdom of God who will stubbornly stick to their guns, come what may.
It is the condition of our hearts, and the hearts of those we offer advice to that tells us whether or not correction will be welcome and beneficial. In the 4th chapter of his letter James declares, “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” A pretty harsh rebuke. But for those of the household of God, such a critique brings conviction and repentance. But it would be pointless to offer such counsel to those who are IN the world themselves.
Jesus taught his disciples, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”
It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin. As believers we may be prompted by the Sprit to speak to another believer so they too can hear the prompting of the Spirit. Believers have the gift of the Spirit, unbelievers do not. So someone who has the spiritual understanding will most likely receive a honest rebuke well, whereas someone with only their own understanding to draw on most likely will not.
If someone is genuinely seeking God, and wants to know what the bible says about sin and error, of course we should offer godly wisdom to them. But like a fool can take 100 beatings and still not learn a thing, someone who rejects outright the wisdom of God outright isn’t going to care much what scripture has to say about anything. And not that we revile them and resign them to their ways, no we are to love them. But we cannot offer a spiritual rebuke to someone who lacks the Holy Spirit expecting it to seep in deeply.
As the 14th chapter of proverbs begins “The fool says in his heart, "There is no God" we are to remember that true wisdom comes from above, and a truly wise man will accept correction in the loving way in which it was intended. In foolishness, others can hear the truth and it makes no difference.
So today, let’s focus on our walk with Christ, and those he has put in our lives who are walking close to us. We can offer them wisdom, and vice-versa and it will be well received. Those outside the faith need to hear of Christ, accept him in baptism, and receive the Holy Spirit, then they too can grow in wisdom.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank you for those you send into my life to correct me. Let me be wise and listen to the Holy Spirit when I need to be convicted. Give me wisdom to not become exasperated trying to bring your truth to the foolish, or judge them as that is your right. Jesus, teach me today to focus on you and let your Holy Spirit work in me to bring light and truth to those whom you have a purpose for me to reach today. Amen