Monday, April 13, 2015

2 Timothy 3:15 -- On Wisdom through Scripture Study

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 3:15

I love this idea... that the scriptures are able to make us wise.  I think it is true, if we take the time to study them regularly.  They are inspired by God, and learning what God has to say is something that can teach us to be more like him, which would not only be wiser, but kinder.  The second part of the wisdom thing is "unto salvation."  Not just wise, but SO wise that we will be able to be saved. :)  I think that comes, again, through becoming more like God, understanding why he asks us to keep each of the commandments, how they help our lives and teach us compassion and wisdom.  Commandments in general seem to make sense, but often there are one or two that are specifically challenging to us individually.  God can help us with those, and help us to understand why he asks what he does.  It is never about arbitrary cruelty or torture.  It is always about what will be best for us long-term.  Today, let's read the scriptures.   Let's learn about faith and mercy and repentance.  Let's take the time needed to learn to see things from God's perspective, and then let's take the time to incorporate that improved perspective into our own.  Let's see every person as valuable.  Let's see each commandment as uplifting and educational.  And when we can't understand, let's have the faith to keep reading, until we learn to become "wise unto salvation."

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