by Ruth Greene
YHWH the Father wants His people to be wise. In the Bible, two kinds of people are generally portrayed in two contrasting ways of life: the fool as the wicked, stubborn person that hates or ignores Elohim’s Word and the wise person that seeks to know YHWH and love Him. When you choose Father YHWH’s track of righteousness, He grants you His wisdom and His Spirit. He gave you His Word, in the Bible, which leads you to righteousness in His eyes. This foundation provides the way to have better relationships in life and in making decisions grounded in His righteousness. (James 1:5, 3:17; Ephesians 5:15-17; Colossians 2:8; 2 Timothy 2:7; Proverbs 3:13-18, 10:23, 12:15, 18:15; 24:3-7)
Scripture gives sound advice for open-hearted disciples of Messiah in developing personal relationships: beginning with friends, family and co-workers. In every relationship, disciples are to show love, dedication and reflect YHWH’s standards. (Matthew 18:2-4, 23:12; Philippians 2:3-11; 1 Peter 5:6) Over time, you are able to build a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father. It is important to learn to relate to other people through consistency, tact and discipline that is reflected in scripture. This is especially important within the family. (Matthew 18:19-22; John 15:12-17; Ephesians 5:21; Genesis 2:24) If you don’t learn to use YHWH’s wisdom in relationship with His righteousness, all of your relationships suffer. You risk becoming a rebel when you ignore or stray from what you know, including your personal stand with Him. (Galatians 1:10; Colossians 3:2; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:16, 8:5; “Family Stress Affects Generations“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“)
What you say shows your true attitude and how you relate to others. How you talk tells others what you are really like as much as what you say. Your speech is a test of how wise you have grown, how spiritually mature you are. (John 14:15-17, 26; James 1:22-25; Hebrews 6:1-20; 1 Peter 2:2) To be wise in speech, a Christian needs what is known as self-control, what eventually becomes healthy conditioning of your heart through the Holy Spirit. From a pure heart issues words that are honest and well-chosen. (Matthew 5:8; Philippians 2:14-15, 4:8-9; Colossians 3:10, 23; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:14-19)
When you have truly given control of your life to YHWH, He ultimately controls the final outcome of all you do. This is through your willingness and obedience which are a reflection of your love, proving your trust. Those that love Him carry out an important spiritual work by spreading the knowledge of YHWH. Father Elohim’s purpose requires diligence and a measure of discipline over laziness and bearing the fruit of the world. (Matthew 7:24-26, 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 14:27; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9; “A Hidden Lifestyle Message from Messiah“; “Christian: Your Basis of Trust“)
Because YHWH constantly evaluates how you live in the present, it is important to be full of His purpose. Self-satisfaction and selfishness fight YHWH’s righteousness in you. When you fail, He is willing to pick you up when you are willing. He will not forsake you when you don’t forsake Him. (Romans 1:28; Psalm 37:23-25) Knowing your Father is the key to wisdom.
Although money and fame are greatly sought after in the world, YHWH views success in a different way. Having spiritually consistent devotion to obey Him is vital. To be a success in YHWH’s eyes is success into His Kingdom. Everything else is perishable. Your resources, time and talents come from your Father. Disciples of the Messiah must use time wisely since YHWH’s wisdom is for everyone that is willing to listen. Without exception, everyone can benefit by integrating Elohim’s Word into their personal life. Whether you choose YHWH’s wisdom or the wisdom of the world is up to you. (Proverbs 1:1-9, 9:18, 10:1, 24:34, 25:1, 31:31; “Temptations & Tough Choices“; “The Wheels of Ezekiel“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“)