In Prov 8:6, wisdom says, “Hear.” We are supposed to listen to wisdom because wisdom will speak of:
Excellent things– Prov 8:6 – “I will speak of excellent things.” Excellent things are things of great value; things that are superior.
Wisdom is better than rubies – A man with wisdom, knowledge, and instruction is wealthier than a man with gold, silver, and rubies (Prov 8:10-11). His riches are durable, his treasures are full, his substance is inherited [Prov 8:18-21]. The pursuit of wealth competes with the pursuit of wisdom (Prov 8:17).
Quietness is better than strife – Prov 17:1 – a little with quietness is better than a lot with strife. Many families are in trouble because of finances.
The fear of the Lord is better than great treasure with trouble – Prov 15:16. Love is better than hatred – Prov 15:17. A humble spirit is better than destruction – Prov 16:18-19. Righteousness is better than not doing right – Prov 16:6. In every case, if you are willing to settle for less, you can avoid the trouble, the hatred, the destruction, and the lack of righteousness. It’s the love of money that pierces a man through with many sorrows (1 Tim 6:9-10).
Right things – Prov 8:6 – “the opening of my lips shall be right things.” Right things are things that are in accord with God’s will and God’s standard of righteousness; things that are right in the sight of God.
In Jude 17:16, every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Your eyes will deceive you just like Eve’s eyes deceived her (Gen 3:6). She was told that she would die if she ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But what she saw convinced her that it was all right to eat the fruit. She was dead wrong. You must always have the right view.
Prov 8:6 – the word of God is always right.
Eph 6:1-3 – obeying your parents is always right
Prov 12:15 – good counsel is right; contrast Prov 14:12.
True things – Prov 8:7 – “for my mouth shall speak the truth.” True things are things that are in conformity to fact or reality; things that are in accordance with that which is, or has been or shall be.
It is true that God created heaven and earth – Gen 1:1, no matter what Dawkins professes and scientists, falsely so-called, say.
It is true that men without Christ go to hell.
It is true that men who trust Christ have eternal life and go to heaven.
It is true that Jesus is coming back.
It is true that Rom 8:28 is still in the Bible and it is always true.
It is true that the way of transgressors is hard and that you reap what you sow.
If you will seek wisdom early, you will find her – Prov 8:17. Begin now to seek the wisdom that comes from the words of God. You will find excellent, right, and true things, unlike anything that the world has to offer.
Conclusion: Do your best to get wisdom. Free yourself from foolishness, arrogance, pride, envy, hatred, selfishness, and all the things that hinder wisdom from entering your body, mind, heart, and soul. Let the pure wisdom of God dwell in you.
As Christians, we don’t do the best job of building each other up but that is exactly what Jesus wants. It must be front and center after we lead someone to Christ. The next thing must be building that individual up, helping him or she learn what the Christian life is all about.
This was Paul’s main message to the Christians in Rome. He wanted them to make building each other up the main priority so they could grow together in unity. He did this by pointing out what their strengths were, sharing some possible pitfalls, giving them warnings about those who are in the process of tearing down all they have built and encouraging them to always turn to God for strength, endurance, peace, joy, and comfort.
Don’t Walk Alone
In Romans 15 and 16, Paul covered a lot of ground to make sure those in the church at Rome had everything they needed to go forward until he came to see them again in person.
He was teaching them and us how to build each other up. This is critical to any forward motion. We don’t do our journeys alone; we do them in a community of faith.
First, he does something he is a master at. He encourages mature Christians while at the same time warning them. “We who are strong [in our convictions and faith] ought to [patiently] put up with the weaknesses of those who are not strong, and not please ourselves,” (Rom. 15:1, AMP).
Don’t Just Please Yourself
When we please ourselves, we are focusing on what we want. This is exactly what the enemy wants us to do when he encourages us to focus on things we think we have to have or have to indulge in.
There is always a downside to not putting Jesus first in our lives. This is one of the things Paul is saying. On one hand, he is encouraging mature believers and on the other hand, he is warning them.
It’s easy when we think we know a thing or two about God and His Word to become lax in other areas of our Christian walk. Patiently putting up with the weaknesses of others is another thing we don’t do well.
It is so important that we be mentors to those who are coming up behind us and growing in their faith. In Romans 15:2 (TPT), Paul adds, “Our goal must be to empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity.”
It’s a balancing act to both build, someone, up and help them do what is right and good for them when you see they are headed down a treacherous path. This was my main concern when God called me to coach those with weight issues. How do I challenge them while loving them at the same time?
I had lost 250 pounds. I knew I could tell others how to do that same thing but my concern was that at that time in my life, I had little to no compassion for those who wanted to stop a bad habit and yet kept doing it. This is crazy because, for 30 years, I did that exact, same thing.
Compassion and Patience
I wasn’t a compassionate or patient person before God called me to coach. However, when I began coaching, God gifted me with both. Since then, I’ve had many tell me they appreciate my compassion and patience when working with them.
Somehow in some way, God also gave me both of these gifts. I can see that every issue I’ve gone through in my life has led me to be more compassionate and patient with the care and concerns of others.
It’s all about others; it’s never about us. God wants us strong and mature so we can help others. We can’t help anyone else if we are tired, sluggish, have no stamina, have brain fog, and have no concern for our own well-being. That is a recipe for disaster. I know; I’ve been there too!
Holy Spirit Power
We have to draw from God’s strength. “May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward the other,” (Rom. 15:5, TLB).
In order to live in harmony or unity, God gives us patience, steadiness, and encouragement. The Passion Translation says God gives us “great endurance and comfort.” All of these are necessary ingredients to live in harmony with each other.
I don’t have patience, endurance, and steadiness on my own. I have to draw on the Holy Spirit for all of that. He is also the Comforter and He is the one who empowers us in every situation. We can’t love others if we are impatient and angry.
Soften Our Hearts
We need to pray for God to open our understanding and soften our hearts toward others. We must ask that the Holy Spirit give us the spirit of love so that God may be glorified.
When there is unity, then, “with a unanimous rush of passion, you will with one voice glorify God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 15:6, TPT). This is really what the Father longs for.
For us, we need the appropriate tools to work with God to facilitate the unity of believers. When unity occurs, peace and harmony reign supreme.
Thank God for Hope
Paul knows this and gives us the hints of what we need when He prays for us in Romans 15:13: “Now may God, the fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!”
One of the tools God gives us is hope. Because of His hope, we can trust in Him. Trust is another tool He gives us and the last He mentions is the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we use these tools, God will fill us with overflowing and uncontainable joy and perfect peace. Remember Romans 14:17 telling us about what the kingdom of God is all about and what it isn’t about? It’s good to remember that again. “The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes], but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” (Rom. 14:17, AMP).
Admit Your Weakness
The peace and joy only come when we admit our weakness to God and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to invade every part of our being.
When He surrounds our lives with His super-abundance, which actually goes beyond any definition we have of strength, then we will radiate with hope. In other words, nothing can stop us when we are fully connected to the power of the Holy Spirit!
We concentrate on learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that we do in Overcomers Christian Weight loss Academy. For the first time, I’ve decided to offer my recent book, Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds, as a free gift when you join us.
In closing, I want to echo Paul’s final words in the book of Romans: “To the only wise God, be glory forever through Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 16:27, NIV).
This is the last of our podcast episodes on Romans. All of these, along with transcripts and additional action steps, are available in the Spirit-led Transformation course available when you join Overcomers.
For more on this topic, check out Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast episode 106:Build Each Other Up.