The World Lacks Prudence

The World Lacks Prudence

“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.” Proverbs 2:10-12 NLT

I’ve seen something interesting in life: the demon possessed call the righteous demon possessed. Dark minds claim to spread light. The truly racist calls other people racists. The bully plays the role of the victim, and calls others bullies. The true terrorist calls others terrorists. The criminal calls others criminals, etcetera.

I’ve also seen this: If you spread a lie enough times people will believe it. And It is very hard for people to believe in the truth. They willingly follow liars like herds of cattle to the slaughter. They let others (and machines) think for them. It’s so much easier that way. No wonder people fall into so much trouble. The whole world lacks Prudence.

“We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19 NIV

God says the whole world is under Satan’s power. Thus it lacks prudence. Since we know this what should we expect? The world to be wise? The world to be caring, and love us? Of course not:

“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.”

We’re not stupid enough to believe the world loves Jesus followers. That’s why I think there’s a special sting sometimes when a false believer comes in our midst and stabs us in the back. Once it’s been revealed who they really are, and we do the right thing (which is to get rid of them), (Romans 16:17) the Devil whispers in our ears that we were suckers for loving them in the first place. And that is simply not the truth. Love is our mandate:

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 NIV

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV

When we follow Jesus’ command to love and others decide to take advantage of us, we’re not stupid, they are. They probably just lost the best friend they will ever have. We must press on in spite of how people treat us:

“You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 GNT

Don’t let anyone Rob you of your beautiful clothe:

“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

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