From Fear to Love

(Meditating on Psalm 76)

You, Yourself, are to be feared;
And who may stand in Your presence
When once You are angry? 
(Psalm 76:7)

The Bible teaches us to fear God. In fact, Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes summed it all up and concluded everything that have been written into one simple, yet very important verse:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc. 12: 13, emphasis added)

A very simple and clearly-worded commandment, a reminder, and a nugget of wisdom which can change the course of our lives. Indeed, the pursuit of a righteous life starts in having the fear of God. In the absence of it, life leans on sinfulness. It opposes everything that God has commanded.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… (Prov. 9:10)

We begin to have a grasp of pure wisdom and to know God when we learn to fear Him. It is fear of Him that we begin to seek His truth and His righteousness. It is what urges us to find our way to Him. It is fear of Him that we want to seek and obtain His salvation. This fear of Him is what will drive us to pursue Him, know Him, believe in Him and in His Word.

Our fear of God is the beginning of our faith. When we fear Him whom we do not see, we believe in the existence of an Almighty God in whose hands our lives are held.

Ultimately, the faith that sprung up from our fear of this powerful God drives us to humbly surrender our lives to Him, repent, and accept His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is then that we begin the journey of a changed life intimately guided by His Spirit.

It is good that the fear of God is completed in us, compelling us to obey all His commandments. But a Christian that has been born of the Spirit progresses to the higher ground, a place where love dwells. This new creation now bears the fruit of the Holy Spirit, topmost of which is love. He or she now walks in love, and whatever he or she does, he or she does it for the love of the Lord. This is the higher ground – the place where true freedom and joy are experienced.

We can easily see the difference between doing things for God in fear of Him, or in our fervent love for Him. Do we go to church because we fear the consequences if we don’t, or do we go because we hunger for His holy presence? Do we praise Him for hours because we know it is what He desires and if we don’t, we fear that He might be displeased of us, or do we praise Him because our hearts are burning in our love for Him and our spirits can’t get enough of Him, drinking of His holy fountain?

Do we suppress our resentments to other people, doing our very best to forgive those who have hurt us – although our hearts say otherwise, thinking ill thoughts of them – because we fear the Lord’s anger might be kindled against us? Or, do we love Him enough to show our gratitude to Him by loving even our enemies as He has commanded?

Love liberates! Because of our fervent love for the Lord, we can now willingly obey His commands (John 14:15), even the hard ones, like loving your enemies, praying for them, and blessing them. It is love that compels us to honor and obey Him. A love that has been born out of His tender mercies for us. We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). He first showed us how to love, and now we can do it also by His Spirit who works in and through us.

…God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in Him. (1 John 4: 16)

When we have been perfected in love, there is no more fear for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4: 18).

Related post: First Love

Endnotes:

  • This is an edited repost from the archives.

  • Photo of Umbrella Rocks Beach in my hometown of Agno, Pangasinan, Philippines, courtesy of Agno LGU.

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The Benefits {and Birthday Giveaways}

Early-2008 photo of our family :).

A family that is not bound by the sanctity of marriage, albeit, love is present for the years of unholy union have borne children. Children that are hopeful for a happy and harmonious family and a bright future. But nowadays, it is becoming more apparent that there is something weightier than love. It is ambition. For a dream and an ambition, one would gamble all. And so, leaving behind a mother with a heart that’s torn and wide-eyed children whose future now looks dim – one would set out to pursue that dream. That dream would require a marriage to another, someone who could bring one to a land flowing with milk and honey. It is a marriage for convenience, people say. But in this case, the woman loves the man whose heart belongs to the mother of his children. But ambition is weightier than love…

This is a true story. There are others quite similar and they’re just near. The world is so broken but it can’t heal itself.

I think about these things deeply. I know that for most people of the world, this phrase has become so commonplace it has probably lost its power to them, but it is always true to me and I will not grow weary in declaring it: The Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who can turn a life around. 

What makes me think deeper is the question: How will a Christ-follower make one see that the Lord Jesus can fix a life – solve its problems and change its course? 

One hindrance that I see here is one’s belief that one is serving God from wherever one is, not knowing that one is in a place where Truth is not present. For if one were truly in the Lord, why is one still so lost? So, there is that belief that there is no difference whether one stays and serves God where one is, or seeks a more intimate relationship with Him in His Church.

My “remedy” for this is: see the benefits. There is a whole lot of difference between a life in the Lord Jesus Christ and a life that is in the world which falsely serves God (or serves a false god). Truth is, life in Him is incomparable. For how would one compare eternity with death, or heaven with hell?

The benefits of a life in Christ are summarized in this:

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (1 Cor. 1:30)

Wisdom

Righteousness

Sanctification (or Holiness)

Redemption

All these things are absent in a life that is not in the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, all blessings emanate from these. One need not wrestle to try to make life right and repeatedly fail. One needs only to surrender one’s life to the Lord Jesus Christ and He will make everything alright.

Endnote: Know the Keys of Salvation here.

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My gratitude list ~ the gifts I received from the hand of the Lord:

  • Sharing testimonies of God’s healing miracles to my sister so fervent that tears flowed freely. And the Lord touched and changed her heart.
  • Tim’s recovery from an asthma-like cough only through prayers.
  • Beloved pastoral workers coming at midnight to pray over and lay hands on him (bel. husband was away fasting and praying).
  • Bel. husband finishing three days of prayer and fasting at Pampanga Fasting House.
  • my life and the days and years He keeps adding to it
  • the love of my husband and kids – my treasure
  • our group hug as tears flowed and mingled and love is recommitted
  • laughters in the garden
  • cooking, baking, ice cream making!

My kabocha pumpkin pie.

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Identity Crisis?

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I need to tell you this, peradventure you may learn something from the pathway I had to go through lately. Let me elucidate (and I will try to be brief).

I never had problems with identity growing up. Even when I was in college and friends would mention it, it was never an issue with me. I knew I was a student who studied hard and received good grades, and I knew I was going to be a chemical engineer and work to become successful in my chosen field. A decade after my graduation and four employments later, I put up my own company, built our own office building with applications laboratory and stock rooms, and managed my staff well. I loved my work. It was in line with my profession. I felt so fulfilled with my career that I used to say, “It’s what defines me. I have arrived. So, this is what it means to ‘live your dreams’.” I believed I was having a most enviable job. 

Until God stripped me off of all that, including my health and strength. Then I had to strain to find my own place under the sun. (Additional readings for those who have not read my whole testimony: Found in Him; A Time of Anonymity).

Before you begin to think or ask if until now I haven’t found my true identity, I had written about that a few times and I know that I am a child of God, a daughter of the King of kings, who has received amazing grace. But that is not what I’m trying to discuss now.

It is this:

After almost a decade of being unwell and retired from work, and after continuing to dream of being used by God, I still find myself just looking at others while they live their dreams. I would like to make it clear: this is not about envy or jealousy, comparison or competition, or even complaint. By God’s grace, I’ve worked these all out. It is about not having my own specialization. It is about not really finding my own place in the Body of Christ.

I see and read about successful bloggers, authors, speakers, teachers. I follow (together with their droves of blog followers) some to their mission trips as they minister to the poor and the unreached. They write about them. I see successful songwriters and worship leaders leading worship with the multitude as they go from one country to another.

I see people, Christians, who have certainly found their specialization, embrace their calling and are fabulously successful in them. What made my heart heavy was my reaction that I also want to be successful just.like.them. Initially, I would react in my mind like this, “Oh, I also would like to be traveling to minister to the poor and the unsaved. I’m going to plan for that project.” Then, I catch myself and rebuke me, “Stop wanting to live others’ lives!” And although I knew that reprimand to be true, it didn’t lift up the sadness. (Due to my health condition, I’m still unable to travel).

It all climaxed one late Saturday night. When with a heavy heart, I began to sing praises in my private worship time. At first, I sang, feeling sorry for myself. Tears trickled down, then I felt the Holy Spirit descend. As I sang, He came and shed light to my darkened mind. The Lord spoke in my heart and I cried copious tears.

It is okay not to be known.

It is okay to be anonymous.

He alone is exalted and worthy of all honor and fame.

What He did for me was enough. It is enough.

In-between sobs, with arms raised high, I spoke to the Lord of my overflowing gratitude.

Unless the Spirit of the Lord descends and sheds light to our confused minds and brings us wisdom, the mind is not renewed by our mere convincing and coaxing.

I think about the Hebrew servant who waited on Naaman’s wife. There was no mention of her name. She was anonymous. But when it was time for her to be used by the Lord, she spoke of her faith and was instrumental in leading Naaman to the healing of his leprosy (see 2 Kings 5).

Identity should never be a Christian’s problem for he or she is Christ’s own. When we speak of our faith, whether to a multitude of followers or to a lone person who cares to listen, we are identifying ourselves to be members of the Body of Christ. It’s good to specialize on this.

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Mortifying or Fortifying the Carnal Mind?

The Holy Spirit

When we received the Lord Jesus Christ and were baptized in water in His name, we received the spirit which is of God and not of the world (1 Cor. 2:12).

Renewing of the mind

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom. 12: 2)

The above verse contains three very important parts:

Renewing of the mind
Transformation
Proving the good, acceptable and perfect will of God

I believe most of us grew up being conformed to the world, that is, having carnal minds. The carnal mind is that which is worldly or earthly, adhering to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). But when we receive the Holy Spirit, there is now a renewing of the mind from ALL that we’ve embraced and grown accustomed to to things of God. That is, spiritual things. A transformation happens in us as our minds are renewed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and by the knowledge of and obedience to God’s Word. Only when we are transformed can we know what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. And with this knowledge, we begin to walk according to His will.

Mortifying the carnal mind

To continue to grow spiritually, there is a need to mortify those members of our being, specifically the carnal mind, which adhere to sin.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Col. 3:5 NIV)

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Rom. 6:13 NIV)

Schism in the Mind

Having received the Holy Spirit, yet from time to time, the mind yields to following the things of the flesh – there will be no perfect peace. For a carnal mind can never be reconciled to a spiritual mind, for what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil?

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Rom. 8:7)

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom. 8:6)

He/she who fortifies the carnal mind has not so learned Christ

I have chosen this topic today because of something I read on FB. It is about this trilogy of books (can grey have too many shades, even fifty?) that’s deluging America and the hearts of many around the world, mostly women, young and old, single or married (that is, from what I’ve gathered reading the comments). Although I knew I wouldn’t want to read it, I went to Amazon to know what’s the rave all about. I read negative reviews about the book (honestly, I always find negative reviews helpful), and there are lots of them. Even when I wasn’t yet a born-again Christian, erotica wasn’t my kind of a good read. And I had given up chick lit even before I graduated from college.

How could one profess to praise and worship God yet drinks in fifty shades of sexual fantasies to the full, filling the mind and  mouth to overflowing?

I wouldn’t touch this book, and anyone who does who has received the Holy Spirit is a fool. He/she is fortifying the carnal mind.

Called to Be Holy

For the true Christian has received the Holy Spirit and walks after Him; her mind has been renewed; her life has been transformed; her sinful nature has been put to death; she knows the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God and walks accordingly. She is in one mind, a spiritual mind.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, and Rom. 6:22 (there are still other verses) speak of the pursuit of holiness:

…let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.

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My weekly gratitude list ~ thankful to the Lord for:

  • amazing testimonies I heard today in the worship service that filled my mind and nourished my soul.
  • the magnificent display of His mighty power in Jesus Miracle Crusade Intl. Min. crusades held this summer throughout the country: salvation of souls, healing of diseased bodies, deliverance from vices and addictions.
  • the singing of The King is Coming by the Finest Choir which lifted my spirit to glorious heights and as my hands were raised and my eyes were tightly closed, I felt the King’s sweet holy presence and I sobbed in gratitude and joy!
  • for blessed days of writing with God’s wisdom and anointing, and cooking and baking for family – happiness!
  • for these sticky rice cakes wrapped in banana leaf lovingly made by a sister in Christ just for us. The Lord’s love is sweet beyond words.

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When We Embrace Other Ways

One could religiously attend church weekly all the years of one’s life and yet, nothing changes. One may know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, yet, one would embrace other ways to find life, peace and happiness. Because one doesn’t understand the Word without the Holy Spirit’s help. Why would one continue to cling to something that is not helpful and not realize that one is so lost?

I grew up attending church every Sunday with my family. I had memorized and recited strings of prayers, and yet, when I became an adult, I embraced the ways of the world. I followed the wide road and couldn’t remember a single lesson I learned in church, yet, I memorized The Ten Commandments by heart. I wasn’t really taught the truth of the Word of God. Ignorance could bring one to utter destruction.

While a young career woman, driven by the lust for worldly success, yet with an inner craving for true happiness, I devoted my personal time drinking in self-help books. Those books that were collectively labeled “inspirational, spiritual”. I thought books that were labeled such were all good. How wrong I was! For I later realized (that was when I heard the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have started to read the Word of God), much to my great dismay, that self-help books are anything but good.

Please pardon me, I’m only speaking of the truth that happened to me. For after I had hoarded about two sacks of hard-bound, first-edition (yes, I collected them) self-help books, there were two things I learned: covetousness and self-centeredness. Why? Because that was what they all taught: to love yourself, to understand yourself, to pamper yourself, to pursue what makes YOU happy. And that is before you even learn to love God above all, and others, too?

I devoured “hook, line and sinker” all that they offered just to have and to hold true love, true joy and true peace. How can one find these things when one is farthest from the truth? But I know now that one must be born of the Spirit to receive it, be indwelt by it, and bear its fruit, for  the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

I even read a trilogy of New Age books which twisted the truth of the Bible (well, I didn’t know it then), and yet, I drank it all in, gulping it like a potion believing it would bring me true liberation. Whether an entirely different persuasion, spirituality or philosophy, New Age or pseudo-Christianity, I had read them and tried to learn from them. But in the end, when I began to learn the ONLY TRUTH, which is the Word of God, I realized that self-help books DO NOT HELP AT ALL. And I had my shelves cleaned of them and had them burned in the vacant lot.

You cannot blame me. For years that I had been drinking of them, my life remained in the same old rut. I was successful in my career (but then, this wasn’t due to those books), yet, in the matters of the heart and soul, I didn’t score at all. I pampered myself: bought and worn the latest fashion, amassed beautiful jewelries, pursued my own happiness… But what did those lead me to? To destruction! And if it were not for the great mercy of God, where would I be now? I tremble at the thought!

Ignorance of the Truth could kill. But knowledge of it could liberate.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. 
(Hos. 4:6)

So, you see (I’m speaking to those who have embraced “other ways” and not the whole truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ) how following untruths could lead one astray and never ever find the way to freedom. What saith Jesus?

 “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

(If you haven’t received the Lord Jesus Christ in your life and are not sure if you are saved and heir of eternal life, know the keys of salvation here).

Related: All Broken and Scarlet

My weekly gratitude list ~ thankful to the Lord for:

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  • the kids’ trip to Zoocobia and Paradise Ranch.
  • the Holy Spirit’s leading for me to step up my writing ministry. Inspiration from Him has been pouring out and I’ve opened up my heart and hands not wanting to miss anything – I’m His willing vessel! Thank You, God!
  • the tears that fell while rebuking Hannah for watching a secular TV show that she’s not allowed to watch (influenced by her cousin who’s temporarily staying with us). Thankful because I felt the fervor of my love for the Lord and her genuine repentance.
  • a Sunday-full of glorious praises, amazing testimonies and the sweet presence of the Lord; drinking in all His goodness all day!
  • for every single day – to share, to love, to obey, to bask in His light!

Our photo on Mother’s Day 2012.

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Dealing with a Difficult Marriage Part 1: Do Not Dwell in Your Hurts for a Long Time

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I have written 5 Points for a Stronger Marriage, the theme of which is Christ at its center and its foundation. There, I have discussed the power of prayer with fasting. Recently, I have written 5 Simple Tips for a Happier Marriage. But still, there are important issues that need to be tackled regarding this subject. So, in this new series on marriage, we discuss marital problems and how to deal with them the Christian way.

Even in our Church where prayer with fasting is regularly practiced, spouses encounter difficult problems in their marriages. This is why during the mass healing portion, we often hear the preacher praying for marital problems being solved in Jesus’ name.

Problems in Christian marriages can be caused by a myriad of things. A few of the more common problems are mentioned below:

  1. The husband and wife have varying degrees of fervency in their faith and service to God. One may be zealous in praising,   worshiping and studying the Word, while the other does not give it as much importance, time and effort. A problem arises when a spouse desires to keep the Lord’s commandments faithfully and strives to do the things that are pleasing to Him, but the other is not so supportive or could even be a cause of provocation, disappointments, discouragements and disharmony in the marriage and chaos in the family.
  2. One spouse has not so learned Christ. Problems in communication are the most prevalent. One may practice wisdom from above (James 3:17), speaking gentle and kind words laced with wisdom from the Word, while the other sticks to the old ways, speaking coarsely and sometimes even antagonistically. Uncommunicating (doesn’t want to open up and discuss problems deeply and sensibly), miscommunicating (veers away from the problem at hand and brings up other issues that only make the situation worse and misses the whole point), and malcommunicating (I coined this word up, using the prefix mal [bad, ill, evil, wrong] which means, a way of communicating that attacks and wounds using harsh, unkind and even cruel words) are the three problems in marital communications.
  3. The spouses have different styles in rearing their children or worse, one doesn’t have a laid-out plan on how to raise up the children with the Bible as a guide, and neither supports the other who has.
  4. The husband doesn’t play (or doesn’t know how to play) his role as the family’s spiritual leader but nevertheless expects and demands respect and obedience from the family.
  5. Lack of mutual respect and fervent love. Where there is lack of love, various kinds of problems arise, most prominent of which is being easily angered.

In an atmosphere where there is lack of love, respect and harmony between the husband and the wife, and ugly discussions or verbal fights occur, the children are the worst affected. The wife, if she is the receiving end of unkind, hurting words, would be beset by heavy burdens, sorrow and feelings of resentment and discouragement.

The discussion below is from a wife’s perspective. How does she deal with the problems mentioned above?

  1. Do Not Dwell in Your Hurts for a Long Time

After an ugly discussion or fight wherein the more aggressive one has walked out, do not call back for him for another round of discussion. It won’t work while he is still simmering and you are too hurt and confused to think straight.

It is always more profitable to pour out all hurts, resentments and disappointments before the Lord and to lay all burdens at His feet. After you have sung songs of honor and worship to Him (for singing to the Lord in whatever circumstances is always the most effective and fast-acting “home remedy”) and have cried your heart out in prayer, you will have a clearer mind and a lighter spirit to face the problems.

In the meantime that you are awaiting God’s light and grace, channel the negative feelings that hound the heart and mind into something spiritual, enlightening and delightsome, like reading the Word, talking with the kids, visiting an inspiring blog, or anything that will take the mind off the heartaches.

Maybe it would be best if finally, you realize that this time, you wouldn’t desire or plan for another “meeting” with him to sort things out. Maybe it would be best to completely surrender him to the Lord and pray and trust that He will be the one to sort him out. Aaahhh… Did you feel that blissful relief enveloped your whole being just because you chose to let go and let God?

In the meantime, luxuriate in the serenity this “surrender” has brought you: take a sweet nap (if you have been missing some precious sleep due to a restless mind juggling between thoughts on hurts and thoughts on solutions), keep still and let your heart be ever mindful of that still small voice, for it will surely come after you have sought first the Lord. It will come, and because you have surrendered all your burdens to the Lord, your heart is ready for, and receptive to, His guidance.

Remember Prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19). After escaping from his nemesis Jezebel who vowed to kill him, he found himself in a cave so depressed he wanted to die. Elijah has been zealous for the Lord God, and now this. But the Lord has great things in store for the poor, embattled prophet. After a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces, there came an earthquake, then a fire, but the Lord wasn’t in all these. Then came a still small voice and God talked to Elijah of His judgment for Israel.

If you have been zealous for, and faithful to, the Lord – after the strong wind that blew upon your marriage, the earthquake that rocked it you thought your dreams of having a blissful one has crumbled forever, and the fire that seemed to consume it – you will hear a still small voice. The Lord has come to talk to you and you will have light and peace.

Next Monday, by God’s grace: Dealing with a Difficult Marriage Part 2: Make a Firm Commitment to Obey God’s Word No Matter What

Additional readings:

7 Tips in Practicing Good Communication at Home
Communicating on the Higher Ground
He that is Soon Angry
Love’s Challenge: Loving the Hard-to-love
The Dove and the Serpent: To Be Gentle and Wise
To Be Christlike: Meek and Humble
Kindness and Wisdom
Living With Wisdom

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And, of course, my gratitude list – thankful to the Lord for His gifts:

  • answers to prayers when the heart heeds God’s voice to keep still and trust
  • peace that passes understanding and flows like a river AND it’s mine!
  • endings and new beginnings – His mercies are new every morning!
  • Hannah’s foot size now 7 – she can use my shoes!
  • photography, beautiful shots, and my new Canon IS telephoto lens
  • and, my Delight (Ps. 37:4) canvas, a commissioned work by my artist-blogger friend Patsy is finally finished! (By God’s grace, I will show it to you after it’s framed).

Living With Wisdom

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(Bible readings: 1 Kings 10:1-10; 2 Chron. 9:1-12)

The queen of Sheba traveled far to Jerusalem to hear the wisdom of King Solomon. And when she came to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. King Solomon, in turn, answered all her questions and did not withhold anything from her. After she had heard of his wisdom and had seen the prosperity of his kingdom, the queen of Sheba could only exclaim:

Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! (1 Kings 10:8)

I don’t know about you but like the queen of Sheba, I would love to seek out wisdom and sit at the feet of a very wise king and listen to his words that enlighten my mind and soul – like Mary at the feet of Jesus. For the Lord Himself said that Mary had chosen the better thing – the only thing that was needed – and that was to keep still and listen to His words of life (Luke 10:42).

But even in our own homes, we could live in the atmosphere of wisdom practiced daily. As parents or older siblings, we could surround our family and staff (most Asian households, especially in the Philippines, live with other relatives and employ stay-in housemaids and nannies) with wisdom that teaches and helps them grow in the knowledge of God.

The Bible advises us to get wisdom first and foremost:

Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. (Prov. 4:7)

And we do this by asking the Lord for the gift of wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5 NIV)

As parents, we are given the noble duty of rearing our children in a way that is pleasing to God, and the best tool that we can use to successfully accomplish this is wisdom gained from His Word – by reading and meditating on it with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

This is how we grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him: spending precious time at the King’s feet – praising and worshiping, praying in the spirit, and studying His Word daily. Regular communing with the Lord makes His light remain shining brightly in our hearts, minds and souls.

When we surround ourselves with the wisdom that’s from above, we can, in turn, surround our loved ones, friends, employees or co-workers with the same wisdom we have gained. And what is this wisdom that we should desire?

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. (James 3:17 NLT)

The verse above is the best guide that we can use in all our interactions. Oh, if only everyone learns to live by this, I believe there would be no discord in our families and communities but only peace and harmony!

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