Cliché Answers Don’t Work

thinkingI heard in a recent conversation, “If I know what I teach, I can teach what I know.” My biblical filter started beeping. I asked the person, “Do you actually use what you’re teaching?” After the pregnant pause, they said, “I don’t know.”
The operative words are if I know. Is it knowing facts in your head or experiencing them in your daily life? Proverbs uses three very important words – knowledge, understanding and wisdom. We absolutely need biblical facts or knowledge. This helps us to discern whether something is a lie; and thus, filtered out of our heads. Western Christians often stop here! Scripture doesn’t.
We must take those truths and ask, “What is God trying to say by what He wrote?” Once we’ve thought that through, we must ask, “How do I use that truth in my daily decisions?”
Knowledge alone leads to pride. Cliché answers to life’s struggles lead to frustration for ourselves and to those with whom we pass on biblical knowledge. Understanding biblical truth, knowing how to use it and then actually practicing that truth leads to life transformation – becoming more like Jesus.
James writes, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (3:13) Humility comes from understanding it’s not as easy as it looks to live out biblical truth as the cliché responses make them out to be. As a good friend of mine says, “Struggle well!” As you do, your life and those you’re teaching through your words and actions you will be changed.
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