Monday, March 6, 2017

WoW-Word of Wisdom

UV 2218/10000 WOW- Word of Wisdom
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Colossians 3 v 16

Jesus is the only person in all of history described as the Word. It is so as He alone has the words of eternal life- the words that bring meaning, purpose, power, grace, perfection, salvation, love and life forevermore into the lives of all who hear, trust, practice, obey and submit to His words. This uni-verse asks us that the Word of Christ saturate our lives, our thoughts, our emotions, our decisions, our actions and reactions. The Word lives in our hearts, directing us into all the wisdom of the Lord. Our lives become “wow” when we are filled with His word of wisdom. The Word is the book of instructions or handbook of the manger leader or manager. It is the fountainhead of his wisdom, knowledge, insight, understanding in all matters concerning his life, his business, his family, his habits, his relationships, his recovery in crisis, his source of strength and comfort in difficult times.

The Word fills us with the wisdom not of this world but from above that is peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of good fruit of humility, love, joy and goodness, merciful, sincere and without partiality or hypocrisy. The wise are Christ-like and the Christ-like are wise. The Word dissects the intersection between the body and soul and between the parts of the mind like the reasoning, the imagination and emotions, the intersection between the soul and the spirit. The Word gives us discernment of our own thoughts as well as the motive behind each thought. We discover all the treasures of wisdom of God in His word. The parables of Christ give us understanding of the deeper truths of the rule of God in our lives in a simple and effective way such that we cannot forget it. The Sermon on the Mount teach us about the attitudes we need to cultivate all our lives in order to be blessed. The miracles of Jesus demonstrate the power of God over nature, over our bodies, over our minds and spirits. The precepts of Jesus teaches us the principles and guidelines for life we need to adopt.

As teachers of the Word, we need to hide the treasures of wisdom from the Word in our hearts and bring it out at the apt time in the appropriate way so that people apply it to develop their faith to the point of maturity. We need to teach our children, our natural children of our household as well as our spiritual children who belong to the household of the Lord. We need to load the Word even in the songs we sing so that teaching, mutual correction and learning happens while we are listening to the melody of songs. We listen to music not just for entertainment but for edification. We should also karaoke these songs in our hearts as if we are singing to the Lord.

Prateep V Philip

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