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Love Guided By Wisdom

By Don Loftis | 03.19.14

James warns us in 4:17, “To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  We want to reach the point where helping neighbors and loving enemies is our natural response.  However, there are times where the loving response may not be crystal clear.  As we consider a response to serve another, we should consider three key questions:

1) Is what I am about to do right in the sight of God?  God never expects us to sin in order to serve others.  Immorality, dishonesty, and slander are not the tools of love.

2) Is my intended action providing what an individual really needs or just what they want?  Money may cause a person more problems than it solves; a job working an area of personal weakness may lead them to greater sin.  Refusing a request is not necessarily wrong, because love seeks to build up, not merely to enable.

3) How will my intended action affect other people?  In accepting a role to mentor someone, will it harm my marriage or diminish my role as a quality parent?  Thinking through the long term implications of our choices can help us make better decisions.

Our choices in life are not always easy, even when we want to be unselfish and help others.  James had already addressed that situation in 1:5, when he wrote, “If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  Let’s love people, seek divine wisdom, and trust His plan.

 


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