Summary: Living wisely
Wisdom for Life
What Wisdom is not
Wisdom is not knowledge or age or wealth
What Wisdom is
Wisdom is the ability to discern what is true, right, or lasting, and act accordingly; the opposite of foolishness.
How do I Gain Wisdom for Life?
Understand the Value of Wisdom
Have a Healthy Fear of the Lord
Seek the Counsel of the Wise
Learn to be humble in Life
We are going to be taking a break from our series in Acts and introducing a new series called Real Life: Playing Your Part. We are introducing it today, but will begin it in 2 weeks after Mother’s Day.
We will be
talking about the different roles of life and
how we can live a godly life in the role we find ourselves in.
But to do that,
to live a godly, fulfilling life, will require great wisdom
so I want to kick off that series by first talking about how to have
Wisdom for Life.
If you would turn to Ephesians 5:15 (p.829)
In this series we are going to look at the roles given in Ephesians 5:22-6:9.
We will talk about how we can be living wisely in the role of Wife
And in our
But first, in the verses leading up to this passage talking about our roles, Paul talks about being children of the light and he gives
practical helps to show us
how we can have better relations with people whatever role we find ourselves in.
He talks of the things that come out of our mouths. The things that we say to others vitally affect every relationship we have with other people.
If the things we say tear people down, our relationships will be hindered and we will have difficulties in the roles that God has us in.
If the things we say are positive and used for helping others, then our relationships will be beneficial no matter what role we are in.
He also tells us to get rid of
from our lives. These things will harm our relationships as well.
So, after giving these helpful hints, he says this beginning in
15 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Paul introduces this upcoming section on
living real life in the real roles God has designed for us and
the relationships we have in those roles
by telling us to be wise.
You know, it takes great wisdom to live well in whatever role God has placed us in.
I don’t stand here before you as someone who has achieved great wisdom. I am still learning myself. I am in process just like you.
But I have learned a few things.
One is that to be wise, we must understand what wisdom is. And to know what wisdom is, I think it is first helpful to know what wisdom is not.