“A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.”
—Proverbs 17:27 NLT
A Christian who is truly wise has no need to prove a point, or promote an agenda, or have the last word. He is free from the world’s expectations, and, without hesitation, he is able to walk in the freedom the Holy Spirit imparts. When issues arise full of emotional pain, he is not spiritually immobilized. He has no need to protect and isolate himself. He does not strike back in anger or allow the peace that God has wrought in his life to be shattered. He walks in joy and praises freely. Even though battered by the trials of life, he finds rest in God’s presence, and is revived. He continually asks the Lord for spiritual revelation, because he knows that if he doesn’t ask and seek it, he will not receive. God graciously and without restraint, grants his request. Because this person has a teachable spirit, he realizes that “fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2 NLT). He knows that God’s wisdom does not need to air its purpose. It stands the test of time, and is lived through even-tempered lives—filled with the Spirit and with nothing to prove. God proves himself. Without fault, He accomplishes His purpose.
God calls you and He calls me to walk in the freedom His wisdom brings—to be a person who controls not only his thoughts, but also his tongue. He calls us to live as Jesus lived—to see a broken world without retribution, but with the heartbeat of His forgiveness.
© 2017 Lynn Lacher