Love of Truth - The Benefits
May 13, 2017
Love of truth precedes comprehension of truth and stirs up a desire to acquire.
It results in three levels of superiority in wisdom and one great outcome of wisdom.
"Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way."
(Psalm 119:97-104 ESV)
The three areas of "superiority" are:
1. We can be wiser than our enemies, because real wisdom is moral at its essence and to win the moral upper hand is to outsmart those who place no value in ethics and essential truth.
2. We can be wiser than our teachers, because the accumulation of knowledge or positional authority does not automatically make a person wise.
3. We can be wiser than the aged because mere years do not make us wise; it is what we do with our years, the depth of our meditation and consideration, and the application of truth that creates wisdom within us.
The great outcome is that, by applying God's Word and developing a decided and profound preference for living a life that embraces good and shuns evil, we can become successful in that dimension of living and that dimension of living will define real success.