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WISDOM
                                                                      
  
Down through the ages, men have been searching for wisdom.
Mankind has  gained a lot of knowledge, but not  the wisdom to use it.
Knowledge without wisdom can be very hurtful and destructive.

 
Oh, that men would go to the greatest source of wisdom, the Bible.
Here I have gathered a few words of wisdom from that source.  My hope is
that these examples will stir a desire in someone’s heart to dig out for
himself the precious gold of wisdom found in this book.

Proverbs 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment,
and equity;
4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

How do we handle being confronted by an angry person?
The wise answer is, even as they are yelling in your face, speak kind words
with a gentle voice.

One day at work, a man became very angry with me over something I
had done. I answered him kindly with a moderated voice. I can not say that it
was easy, but it worked. He must have felt embarrassed, because he calmed
right down. If I had shown anger and yelled back at him, it probably would
have caused quite a fight.

Not long ago, I was shopping in a local store. The check-out line I was
standing in was getting long. A clerk at the other counter was sorting through
boxes of merchandise. She noticed how long our line was, so she opened
her register.
The first person to approach her was a man who began to take the boxes off
her counter and to pile them on the floor. The clerk asked him not to do that.
 
Well, the man blew up in anger and yelled at the clerk. She tried to
calm him down, but he just hollered the more.  The clerk also began to get
angry; she yelled back at him. It ended up with her calling the police and the
man hurrying out of the store. The man’s wife followed close behind him;
she seemed so embarrassed. I pitied her because of what she had gone
through.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up
anger.

What does a person do when they are with a group of people and
some (or all) of the crowd start to do something wrong? Our feelings urge us
not to  be different. Many times we think that people won’t like us if we don’t
go along with the crowd. No one likes to be called a “party pooper”.   But true
wisdom says, “Get away from them, ... far away!                             
We taught our daughter from the time she was very young ( that’s
the time to do it) to step away from any group of children who were doing
wrong.

One day she came home from the Christian school that she was
attending and told us that a group of children she was with on the playground
had started throwing snowballs at the school bus, a forbidden action.  
Remembering what we had taught her,  she left the group and went to the
swing sets on the other end of the playground. The principal came out and
caught the kids snowballing the bus.  The whole group got into trouble, but
our daughter was spared because she had separated herself from the
wrongdoers.

Here is a case where one small girl found out that true wisdom really
does work. It may have been hard for her to walk away from her friends, but
it worked out for her best in the long run.

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their
path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

Below is some more “wisdom from the book”. Why not read about it and put
it into practice in your own life? I feel sure that it will make a difference, for
the good!  
It may not be the easy way, but it is the best way, God’s way!



All these references are from the book of Proverbs in the Bible.
1:10,15        1:32        3:7        3:25        3:27        3:30        3:33       

5:18,19        6:20        10:1        6:16-19        6:24,25        9:8,9       

10:18,19       4:25,27