Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Redeeming Wisdom

UV 846/10,000 Redeeming Wisdom Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4 v 5 This uni-verse exhorts the believers to walk in wisdom towards them who do not believe. It is not about worldly wisdom that teaches us how to get ahead in this life but it is about spiritual wisdom. Walking in spiritual wisdom implies that we must strive to be pure, gentle, not stubborn, full of the fruit of the spirit, namely, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. We must not be partial or hypocritical. We must remember to put into practice whatever the Lord has taught us and to practice what we teach others. The importance of this scripture is that unless we live a life of testimony, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not substantiated as the living truth or the truth meant for living. The gospel and scripture is one side of the coin- the head side. Whatever we think, speak and do is the other side of the coin, our testimony- the tail side. Our testimony is the evidence that we are living according to our belief and according to the Word of God. When people who are without faith see us, they must know there is some difference. We need to look and behave as if we are redeemed. Our tongues or speech should not be destructive but uplifting. Our attitude should be meek. The expression “ redeeming the time” is an unique biblical phrase which means that we need to make the best use of every moment and every opportunity in the service of the Lord. Only when we use time in this way, it is transformed from being “chromos” or mere physical count of time to “ kairos” or time that is part of eternity, time that are moments when we continually experience the power, mercy and grace of God. When we live wisely according to the Word, we are redeeming the time. Prateep V Philip

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