For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously,..
A righteous life is concerned that they treat others in an equitable manner; justly; impartially.
It implies that their actions are innocent and holy in manner.
One is concerned with what is self evidently right. They apply justice in principle and in their decisions and in the execution of such.
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“For a Bishop must be . . . just, . . ” – Titus 1:8
Christian leadership requires a man to be “just.” One who is just is equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy. This includes being right (as self evident). He embraces justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution.) This is something which shows and is not hidden. – Strongs The standard of measure is the will of God.
If he is equitable, he is equal in regard to the rights of persons. He will distribute equal justice; giving each his due; impartial.
To be right, “one is just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man’s intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.” – Webster
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Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
There is a logical process by which intellectual thoughts rise from statistical observations to the level of wisdom.
Data – Data is collected statistical observation or a record of an instance or sequence of experiences.
Information – Information is data that is organized into some kind of form or shape. It must be sufficiently recognizable that one might be able to make meaningful sense of it.
Knowledge – Knowledge is the interpretive view of information. Therefore information plus a world view raises this intellectual concept to the level of knowledge. But if the wrong world view is referenced, the product becomes compromised. True knowledge is information which is evaluated according to the view and perspective of the Creator God. I.e. Are you looking at things according to God’s world view? This is the first manifestation of the proper exercise of intelligence. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
Understanding – Understanding is the ability to evaluate or separate knowledge into its qualities. Is it good/bad; true/false; right/wrong; just/unjust; useful/vanity; pure/defiled; or holy/unholy? Proverbs 1:4 “…receive instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, equity…”
Wisdom – Wisdom is making right decisions which result in right actions which glorify God both as to the process (means) and goals (objectives). These decisions are morally correct.
If one understands the thought process of how to arrive at wisdom, then wisdom is not so hard to achieve. Life can be very straight forward. It is only really difficult when one does not think God’s thoughts after Him.
“…God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,..” 2 Timothy 1:8-9
- It is God who saves us, not we ourselves.
- We are called with purpose and according to a standard – a holy calling.
- We do not set the standard and our own works have no qualifying value in making us worthy before God.
- God does things according to His purpose and so should we be concerned with doing things according to His purpose.
- We do not deserve any placing or position or status because of who we are. All that we obtain is by reason of unmerited favor which we receive from God and should be appreciated from this point of view and provision with great thankfulness.
- The plan for this is not a response to who we are, what we do, or how we think. It was developed and put in place before the world began. So we ought not the think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.
The big question is are we respectful, appreciative, and responsive to the sovereignty of God or are we in rebellion?