(12/02/2015) Silent Wisdom?

Posted: December 2, 2015 in Discernment, Duty of Believers, Faith and Works, Gospel, Knowledge, Law, Scriptures, Wisdom
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Today, Scripture points are shared on the wisdom shown by silently learning, listening, and taking action to serve divinity.  Plainly spoken, some people talk too much creating confusion and without building up godly understanding.  Often this is because they speak from anger, fear, ignorance, malice, or uncertainty.  The followers of Jesus Christ are to joyfully proclaim the Gospel, share testimony and witness while avoiding the sins committed through speech such as falsely accusing others, complaining, gossip, lying, rumor-mongering, slander, and tale-bearing.  Readers should consider the following verses from the Bible, and the comments below:  Isaiah 8:  20, King James Version (KJV):  20 To the law and to the testimony:  if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  Also, James 1:  18-20, KJV:  18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Matthew 12:  35-37, KJV:  35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:  and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “abdul” (Level 1 (points not shown), a member since May 12, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why does a fool is considered wise if he or she remains silent?

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. – Proverbs 17:28

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:  7-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Saying the Truth? (12/18/2014); What is Truth? (12/19/2014); The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014)

 

“abdul”, even among Christian believers there are multiple names given to the practice of silence (e.g., modesty, circumspection, piety, prudence, self-control, self-discipline, restraint).  Silence is associated with devotion, love, and peace, the outcome of divine judgment (i.e., assigning value in light of divine purpose; resolving conflict and settling disputes through sacred law).  To reach the highest levels of sacred knowledge, a believer must acquire meekness (i.e., receptiveness; readiness and willingness to respond to guidance, instruction, and prompting by the Spirit imparted to them from GOD).  Conviction, humility, respect and reverence may be shown through silence.  Just as athletes who are members of a team all must accept direction (we say, be “coachable”), disciples and followers of the Lord must be “teachable”.   Full acceptance of Christ means embracing dependence upon divinity, and applying discernment (i.e., using ones own spirit content as a standard to recognize divine presence in events, messages, other persons, practices, etc.) as well as emptying oneself of things from the world to be filled with things from GOD.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)   Ecclesiastes 5:  1-3, KJV:  1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools:  for they consider not that they do evil.  2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:  for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:  therefore let thy words be few.  3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

(2.)  Proverbs 18:  21, KJV:  21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

(3.)  Proverbs 10:  18-20, KJV:  18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.  19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:  but he that refraineth his lips is wise.  20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver:  the heart of the wicked is little worth.

(4.)  Psalms 31:  17-19, KJV:  17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee:  let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.  18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.  19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Habakkuk 2:  19-20, KJV:  19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.  20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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