Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Growing in Grace and Wisdom Proverbs 9: 1-18 V.8: “Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.”
Who is a mocker? A person who causes repeated emotional pain, distress, or annoyance to another. Someone who is hardened and settled in the way of godlessness, as if he is set in concrete. A person who does not want to listen to the Divine wisdom; chooses to attack it rather than receive it to his/her life. Who is a wiseman? The dictionary states it is “a man of unusual learning, judgment, or insight”. The wiseman is humble and accepts correction; “rebuke a wiseman, and he will love you.” This is a person who wants the right relationship with Christ. “Instruct the wise they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they add to their learning (verse 9)”.
Who are we? Are we the mocker or the wise man? Are we wise enough to accept the corrections to live closer to God or are we set in stone to mock the words of wisdom? It is hard for us to listen to others correcting us whether it is our parents/ spouse/ friends or well-wisher. The pride in us usually prevents us from listening to the advice or the correction. Take this pandemic for example, from last march on there were many rules and regulations set for the safety of the people. Were we perspective to the guidance that was set or were we grumbling because our lives were put on hold? God speaks to us through many situations and persons in our lives. Let us use the wisdom He has given us and open our hearts to understanding what others say and to accept the changes. May we always make the decision in our life to live for His glory. A wiseman wants to be righteous to live closer to God. May the wisdom in our hearts choose to be a wiseman, to love the Lord and be close to him.
My heavenly Father, you see all things and know all that there is. Help us to open our hearts to receive your wisdom. Teach us, Lord, that we may walk in Your wisdom. Help us Lord to live a life that is pleasing to You and that aligns with your perfect plan for our life. Help us to accept what is wrong in our lives and to love each other. Help us to be a wiseman to live in righteousness. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen!
Thought of the day
"God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'" - Rick Warren
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