February is the “love” month, so my posts this month will be related to that theme.
“…To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.”Proverbs 19:8 (NLT)
Western culture is all about loving yourself. But does our culture really know how to do this? The world seems to think self-indulgence is one way to love yourself. Indulging yourself might bring a moment of pleasure, but that’s not loving yourself.
So, how do we learn to love ourselves in a better way? God says acquiring wisdom is one way to love yourself.
How do you gain wisdom? The Book of Proverbs is an excellent place to start. Proverbs 1:7 says that wisdom, or knowledge, begins with the “fear of the Lord,” and it ends with loving Him.
Wisdom not just a matter of the intellect; it’s also a matter of the heart. The fear of the Lord is meant to cultivate a healthy respect for God—He is holy, He is powerful, and He is love. This is how you have the “fear of the Lord.”
Proverbs is full of instruction on how to live in this world yet “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Rom. 12:2). Proverbs can help transform your mind to gain God’s wisdom.
The Proverbs were not written as promises to claim but rather as principles to live by. The book of Proverbs records observations of life: truth, wisdom, and things we can expect of God. The verbs used in many proverbs depict repeated actions, indicating that the Proverbs should be used as guidelines to good living practices. This is all about gaining wisdom, which is a better way to love yourself.
Think Divinely: Love yourself by gaining wisdom
through God’s Word.