It’s foolish to think that our own wisdom is sufficient to guide us. The human mind, while rational, is incapable of seeing the true nature of many situations and events. What is good may not always be best, and what is presented as truth is sometimes a lie. Pride in our own judgment hinders access to godly wisdom.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January14, 2022.
Although we have access to God’s wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought. And His Word is the place to start, because spiritual discernment comes only when we know the truth and can think scripturally about every situation we encounter.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 14, 2022.
1 Corinthians 10:31 expresses purity of heart. We have no rights because we no longer ‘own’ ourselves when we commit everything over to the Lord. For example, I have no right to good health, though I am responsible for living prudently with regard to health. I have no right to success in life, though I am responsible for pursuing excellence in whatever work God calls me to do. I have no right to be treated with fairness and dignity, though I am responsible for treating others with fairness and dignity (Matthew 7:12; 22:39). The Lord Jesus Christ now holds the right to my life, and He exercises it with perfect love and wisdom in such a way that good or bad treatment by others will be used to make me more like Him.
Commentary from the Masterwork Bible study, Spring 2021, The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges.
A not-so-subtle barb toward those in the early church who had no doubt about their self-ordained elevated status-they considered themselves to be highly spiritual. But Paul attacked the basis of their claims and established a new criterion for proving oneself to be spiritual – love.
Commentary from, You Are Gifted, Bible study by Ken Hemphill.