“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13 NIV).
Wisdom has nothing to do with your intelligence. It has everything to do with your relationships and your character. It’s not a matter of what you say with your lips but what you live with your life—not a matter of your words but of your works and not so much your diplomas but your disposition.
How can you know if you’re wise in the ways you relate to people? The Bible lists the characteristics of wise people in James 3:17: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (NIV).
“Pure” means uncorrupted and authentic. In 1 John 3:3 this word is used to refer to Christ’s character. It means you have integrity. If you’re wise, you’re not going to lie to others, cheat them, manipulate them, or be deceitful.
All relationships are built on trust and respect. If you’re not honest, who’s going to trust you? Who’s going to respect you? You must have integrity in your life.
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely” (Proverbs 10:9 NIV). They’re not afraid of being found out because they don’t say one thing to one group and another thing to another group. Someone said, “No one has a good enough memory to be a habitual liar.” Eventually that person is going to slip up. But if you’ve got integrity, you can walk securely and confidently in your relationships because you know you’re not putting people on.
Wise people do not compromise their integrity, because they know that having integrity is the only way to maintain healthy relationships.
LET MY PRESENCE override everything you experience. Like a luminous veil of Light, I hover over you and everything around you. I am training you to stay conscious of Me in each situation you encounter. When the patriarch Jacob ran away from his enraged brother, he went to sleep on a stone pillow in a land that seemed desolate. But after dreaming about heaven and angels and promises of My Presence, he awoke and exclaimed: “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” His
discovery was not only for him but for all who seek Me. Whenever you feel distant from Me, say: “Surely the Lord is in this place!” Then, ask Me to give you awareness of My Presence.
This is a prayer that I delight to answer.
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from the intrigues of men;
in your dwelling you keep them safe
from accusing tongues.
PSALM 31 : 20
When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to
heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are
lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever
you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
GENESIS 28 : 11 – 16
Being in Shape is a Spiritual Discipline
Keeping your body in shape is a spiritual discipline. It’s not just about losing a few pounds, wanting to live longer, or trying to look nicer.
God created your body, Jesus died for it, the Holy Spirit lives in it, your body is connected to Christ, and it’s going to be resurrected one day. When it is, God’s going to hold you accountable for how you managed what he gave you.
My body is connected to the body of Christ — “Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body?? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not!” (1 Corinthians 6:15 HCSB) God considers sins against the body to be in a special class because your body is connected to the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit lives in my body – “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you .” (1 Corinthians 6:19 HCSB) Your body is God’s temple. Would you ever consider vandalizing a temple? When you don’t take care of your body, you are vandalizing God’s temple.
Jesus bought my body on the cross – “You were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20 HCSB) If you want to know how much you’re worth, look at the cross. Jesus with his hands outstretched says, “This is how much you’re worth to me. You’re worth dying for.” You are infinitely valuable.
Remembering What Matters Most – Part 1 From The Life You Were Meant to Live, Rick Warren Daily Hope
Why do we get overloaded? Why do we allow our bodies, emotions, budgets, to get overloaded? We try to do too much. Why do we always try to do so much? Because we forget what really matters most. Instead of focusing on the few things in life that really counts, we try to do everything. We remember every single hurt in life, but we tend to forget the lessons.
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.” – PSALM 39:4 (NLT)
“Teach us to make the most of our time.” – PSALM 90:12 (NLT)
2 TRUTHS TO REMEMBER EVERY DAY
1 – The best use of life is love. “Let love be your highest goal.” – 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1A (NLT) Make it my number one priority. Love is what life is all about. “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” – 1 CORINTHIANS 13:3 (MES) We sometimes act like love and relationship are something that we need to squeeze from our schedules. We have to make time, we have to fit it in, as if love and relationships is just another unimportant part of our lives. God says love and relationship is my life. The point of life is relationship – it’s not about achievement, nor acquisition of things, but relationship. What matters most is love and relationships. Why do we skim relationships, when we get overloaded. We get too busy of what we think are more important things. We get too busy, distracted and pre-occupied of less important things. Not everything that is urgent in my life is important. “There are three things that will endure – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 CORINTHIANS 13:13 (NLT) We don’t surround ourselves with objects when our life is ending. We surround ourselves with people who love us. I am eventually going to figure out in my final seconds that what matters is love and relationships. Why not figure out sooner? Why do I have to wait for death bed? Life is not about achievements, accomplishments, acquisitions – it’s all about love and relationships. How do I treat other people? God whether I get anything else done today and I may not get anything else done. But if all that I accomplish today is to spend time with You and with others, I want to make sure today that I spend some time loving You and loving other people. Because that is what life is all about. The greatest use of life is love, but we get too busy.
2 – The best expression of love is time. “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.” – 1 JOHN 3:18 (GW) What is the most desired gift of love? The most desired gift of love is focused attention. The greatest gift I could give to anybody is my time. My time is my life. Time is my most precious commodity. I can always get more money, but I cannot get more time. Every time I give someone my time, I am giving them a portion of my life that I can never get back. It’s the reason the most precious gift I can give someone is my time. The essence of a relationship is not what we do for each other, not what we give to each other – the essence of a relationship is how much we give of ourselves to each other. That’s a relationship is all about – giving myself. The greatest gift I could give to someone is a gift of self. We don’t get this most of the time. Nothing can take the place of my time – not clothes, not candies, not money.