Discover some of the very best quotes by the Christian theologian and on topics such as love, beauty, god, sin, time, wisdom, hope, and patience. —. 1. And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you .”.
I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. Martin Luther Click to tweet
You’ll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Albert Einstein Click to tweet
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. Anais Nin Click to tweet
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus AureliusClick to tweet
The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass Click to tweet
Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet
Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are. Jack Kornfield Click to tweet
I close my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin Click to tweet
Don’t try to steer the river. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet
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The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse
He who is filled with love is filled with God himself. Saint Augustine
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Thich Nhat Hanh
When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you. Stephen Richards
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. Swami Vivekananda
Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. Jane Goodall
Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself. Osho
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. Carl Jung
When you realize there is no lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu Click to tweet
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars. Elbert Hubbard Click to tweet
Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place. Naval Ravikant
It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality. Friedrich Nietzsche
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This moment is all there is. Rumi
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. Daniel Defoe
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller
I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. Max Lucado
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage. Ramana Maharshi
If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. Thomas Merton Click to tweet
The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Henri J.M. Nouwen
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle
Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you. Eckhart Tolle
Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts. Benjamin Disraeli (This is one of my favorite spiritual quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)
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Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung Click to tweet
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven
The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart. Buddha
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama
It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. Oprah Winfrey
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. Henry David Thoreau
Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare Click to tweet
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. Mahatma Gandhi
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. John Lennon
This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. Albert Einstein
The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening. Albert Einstein
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne
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Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet
Wake up and live. Bob Marley
Let the breath lead the way. Sharon Salzberg
I am realistic – I expect miracles. Wayne Dyer
Do anything, but let it produce joy. Walt Whitman
The Holy Land is everywhere. Black Elk (Native American)
Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be guided by spirit and not driven by ego. Unknown
There is nothing more important than this moment. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. Francis of Assisi
For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi
Everything in the world was my Guru. Ramana Maharshi
Quiet the mind and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Spiritual progress is like a detoxification. Marianne Williamson
Reach for a thought that feels better. Abraham Hicks
Your thoughts become things. Rhonda Byrne Click to tweet
Your thoughts are the primary cause of everything. Rhonda Byrne
Be here, now! Ram Dass
When you make a choice, you change the future. Deepak Chopra
God finds himself by creating. Rabindranath Tagore
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You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in. Aeschylus
Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached. Swami Vivekananda
And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats
Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance. Elder Wisdom
Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment. Swami Vivekananda
I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. Shooter Teton Sioux (Native American)
One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs. Steve Maraboli
You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you. George Alexiou
I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand. Shannon L. Alder
You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you. Paramahansa Yogananda
Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role. Paramahansa Yogananda
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are. Carl Jung Click to tweet
If your intention is powerful, your action will be powerful. If your action is powerful, your results will be powerful. Unknown
The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility. Swami Sivananda
All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you. Swami Vivekananda
Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it. Wilferd Peterson
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are. José Saramago
The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go. Elizabeth Gilbert
You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. Osho
You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone. Amit Ray
You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. Amit Ray
The power within you is greater than the power within the world. Rhonda Byrne
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If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family. Ram Dass Click to tweet
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart. Erma Bombeck
Bath, n. A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined. Ambrose Bierce
You can’t have everything… where would you put it? Steven Wright
Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go “Uh, I’m kind of an asshole”. Louis C.K.
Walk with those seeking truth… Run from those who think they’ve found it. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet
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To be in time is to be asleep: to be awake is to be in eternity. Osho Click to tweet
Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you. Osho
Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. Wayne Dyer
Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle
When everything gets answered, it’s fake. Sean Penn
The truth is that you already are what you are seeking. Adyashanti
The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake. Rhonda Byrne
Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything. Rumi
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too. Shrii Shirr Anandamurti
If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. Brené Brown
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. Milan Kundera
Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there. Vine Deloria Jr (Native American)
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. Alan Watts
The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable. Michel de Montaigne
We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten. Ramana Maharshi Click to tweet
Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains. Ramana Maharshi
The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody. Ram Dass
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Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. William Blake Click to tweet
Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul. Walt Whitman
Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows. Jack Kornfield
In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. Swami Vivekananda
Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison. Swami Vivekananda
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. Rita Mae Brown
Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that. Adyashanti
Help me never to judge another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. Indian prayer
It took me forty years on earth to reach this sure conclusion: there is no Heaven but clarity, no Hell except confusion. Jan Struther
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again. Joseph Campbell Click to tweet
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi
Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. Jack Kornfield
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. Hindu proverb
You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple. Anthony de Mello
If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back. Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. Hermann Hesse
You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. Ramana Maharshi
The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not. Albert Schweitzer
There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. Tara Brach
Observing desire without acting on it enlarges our freedom to choose how we live. Tara Brach
Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind. Ramana Maharshi
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Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya AngelouClick to tweet
Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey. Matthew Fox
To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”. Ayn Rand
When I give I give myself. Walt Whitman
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi
When you love, love as if the person is a god, not less than that. Osho
If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. Osho
Being love rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Ram Dass
Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion. Ved Vyasa
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. Jack Kornfield
Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it. Jack Kornfield
Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation. Jack Kornfield
True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The most important time in the world is the time you make for yourself. Unknown
The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Unknown
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness… the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Dalai Lama
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco
Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time. Richard Carlson
When there is love in your heart, everything outside of you also becomes lovable. Veeresh
It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. Thomas Aquinas
Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian Weiss
Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. Amit Ray
They alone live, who live for others. Swami Vivekananda
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness. Dalai Lama
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Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus Click to tweet
There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present. Ramana Maharshi
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Ramana Maharshi
We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. Jack Kornfield
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situation. Eckhart Tolle
Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life and see how life starts suddenly working for you rather than against you. Eckhart Tolle
Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle
Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done. Bhai Sahib
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. Ram Dass
The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now. Shannon L. Alder
It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint
You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. Jiddu Krishnamurti
As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace. Matthieu Ricard Click to tweet
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Gaertner
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes
If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Gerald Jampolsky
It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. Amit Ray
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anais Nin
Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. Pema Chödrön
The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity. Thomas Merton
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx
Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Bodhidharma
Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Swami Vivekananda
Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore. Osho
Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized. Osho
Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. Swami Vivekananda
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet
The sky is the daily bread of the imagination. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature is made of vibrations of Love. João Mendes
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs
For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. Alan Watts
You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it. Eberhard Arnold
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. William Blake
Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Radhanath Swami
The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore De Balzac
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. Jiddu Krishnamurti
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. Aesop
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle Click to tweet
If one way be better than other, that you may be sure is… Nature’s way. Aristotle
Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly. Aristotle
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Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Don Miguel Ruiz Click to tweet
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way. Blackfoot (Native American)
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell
Whatever comes, don’t push it away. When it goes, do not grieve. Mooji
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. Francis of Assisi
The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Kripalvanandji
When something dies is the greatest teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Click to tweet
Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak. William Paul Young
Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis
There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times. They all come in life and go. Nothing stays. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Thich Nhat Hanh
Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions. Matthieu Ricard
The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney
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A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet
Through others we become ourselves. Lev S. Vygotsky
Sticking with your family is what makes it a family. Mitch Albom
Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. Henri Nouwen
What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? George Eliot
No matter what you have done for yourself, or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? Elbert Hubbard
Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. Thich Nhat Hanh
Family life is full of major and minor crises – the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce – and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Thomas Moore
People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. Marianne Williamson
What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution. Ram Dass
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer Click to tweet
We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings. Sharon Salzberg
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu
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Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. Carl Jung Click to tweet
What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. Emil Brunner
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment.Stephen Covey
Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.Morris Adler
If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all. Eleanor Roosevelt
Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Bennett
I believe, and therefore anything is possible. Unknown
Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea. Shunryu Suzuki
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. Paulo Coelho
Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being. Elizabeth Lesser
If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. Fulton J. Sheen
The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. Swami Vivekananda
Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Swami Vivekananda
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings
To me, faith means not worrying. John Dewey
Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead. Ram Dass
If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities, if you believe it won’t you will see obstacles. Wayne Dyer
A belief is only a thought I keep thinking. Abraham Hicks
Appreciation in advance brings everything you want to you. Abraham Hicks
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Pray, and let God worry. Martin Luther Click to tweet
What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God. Hans Urs von Balthasar
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not. C.S. Lewis
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Martin Luther
God enters by a private door into every individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson
And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. C.S. Lewis
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. Rob Bell
If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you. Wayne Dyer
Faith is God’s work within us. Thomas Aquinas
God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work. Rabindranath Tagore Click to tweet
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Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. Ram Dass Click to tweet
The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. Dalai Lama
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France
Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face. Dolores del Rio
Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway. Joyce Meyer
It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. Helen Keller (She was blind)
The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. Samuel Ullman
On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight. Anne Lamott
Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran
We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Carl Jung
When there’s nothing but humility, there’s nothing but spiritual oneness. Frederick Lenz
The more you recognize the immense good within you, the more you magnetize immense good around you. Alan Cohen
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Paulo Coelho
The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world. Matthieu Ricard
Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. Bob Proctor Click to tweet
We can make changes in our lives, we can live consciously rather than mechanically, we can open our hearts and we can be more fully alive. Sharon Salzberg
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts
A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness. Mother Teresa
Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. Swami Vivekananda
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates
Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is. Abraham Hicks
Your feelings are your greatest tools to help you create your life. Rhonda Byrne
See the things that you want as already yours. Rhonda Byrne
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You are not in the universe, you are the universe. Eckhart Tolle Click to tweet
Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi
You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it. Ramana Maharshi
The enquiry “Who am I?” is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss. Ramana Maharshi
If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state. Ramana Maharshi
Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are. Matthieu Ricard
No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are. Banani Ray
Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself. Andrew Schneider
Awakening is dynamic, Constantly evolving in accordance with life’s realities. Taitetsu Unno
The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind. Jack Kornfield Click to tweet
Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement. Jack Kornfield
Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. Adyashanti
As long as you are trying to become, trying to get somewhere, trying to attain something, you are quite literally moving away from the Truth itself. Adyashanti
Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available. Osho
Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. Chögyam Trungpa
If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham H. Maslow
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am’, our real presence, can awaken. G.I. Gurdjieff
Awakening is not a journey of discovering a distant land or a coveted secret, but rather, it is a journey of surrendering to what has always been present but shrouded in illusion and disillusion. Shavasti
You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation. Cory Booker
The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. Eckhart Tolle
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. David Foster Wallace
Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened. Jack Kornfield
Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works? Diane Duane
We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Neil DeGrasse Tyson
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness. Anthony de Mello
Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature. Amit Ray
No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer. J. Edwin Orr
Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence. Noah Levine
Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story. Adyashanti Click to tweet
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Breathing in, I experience calm in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the calm in me.
Breathing in, I experience joy in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the joy in me.
Breathing in, I experience equanimity in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the equanimity in me.
Breathing in, I experience openness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the openness in me.
Breathing in, I experience happiness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the happiness in me.
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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. Lao Tzu Click to tweet
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Let these 20 pearls of wisdom from the book of Job remind us that God always has Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an .
There are many gems of wisdom and knowledge throughout the Bible. Here are just a few examples of the words of wisdom which can be found in God’s word. If someone wanted to study the concept of wisdom in-depth in the Bible, then starting with the book of Proverbs is recommended. Proverbs was mostly written by Solomon, the man to whom the Bible says God gave great wisdom.
Job 12:12 “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.”
Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”
Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.”
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 3:7 “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Proverbs 11:2 “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”
Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Proverbs 14:8 “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”
Proverbs 16:16 “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”
Proverbs 29:15“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
Ecclesiastes 7:12 “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”
James 1:5 , 6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
The Bible says in Psalm 1 that a person who meditates on God’s Word will be blessed. The wisdom of the Bible will help guide a person to avoid wrong friends and influences. Meditating—memorizing, studying and thinking about—brings the promise of being like a tree planted by a river. The person will have the life-giving nourishment that God provides through His Word. A further promise to that person is that God will guide their way in life.
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When life gets hard, we sometimes forget that God is right there, listening to us and addressing our needs. Our circumstances can cause us to drift away from God and not trust that His plan is right for us. But God knows and understands the hopes and fears we keep in our hearts. In fact, He’s the best listener. Even when we don’t shout or cry out loud, He hears even our silent prayers. It’s important that we trust Him, especially during our darkest hours. If you're enduring a season of hardship, be encouraged and use this time to build your faith. God is still on the throne and He's in control. Let these 20 pearls of wisdom from the book of Job remind us that God always has the last say in our lives.
The Bible tells us that as soon as Job received the terrible news about losing his children and his wealth. He immediately responded by seeking God in worship saying, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." It’s ok to seek God and cast your care on Him. Sometimes we forget to cast all our cares on Him, and spend more time and effort in worrying than focusing on the peace that comes from resting in God. We should call on God to help me open our mind to understanding through God’s Word and realize that worry not only robs us of our joy and peace in Him, but is rooted in the sin of unbelief. Whenever we are lost, call on God to provide you with understanding that He alone is the One that will replace foolish worries with divine wisdom.
Job never wavered in his integrity. He held firmly to the character of God and focused on Him instead of the current circumstances. Integrity is everything and its importance can’t be overstated. Those who operate at high levels don’t compromise their principles or values. It’s important that you ask yourself what are your values? What do you stand for? There is no reason that we can’t consistently be honorable in our own spheres of influence. We will reap huge gains if we demonstrate to those around us that they can depend on what we say.
One of Job's friends suggested that his hardship was the result of sin and that it was meant for discipline and reproof. However God declared that Job was "blameless and upright." We should be very mindful of the people we are choosing to seek counsel from because they are not always steering us in the right direction. All counsel is not sensible counsel.
God is faithful. If you lack confidence, it may be a result of anxiety in your heart. Worrying can be harmful not only to our emotional health, but also to our physical health. Excessive worrying can lead to depression and can even cause us to become physically ill. When we worry, we get so lost in what “might” happen that we lose sight of our peace and happiness, and can no longer find our inner calm. If worry is currently on your heart or you’ve simply lost your way, there is hope, and that hope can be channeled through confidence in God.
Spend time with friends who have the gift of encouragement. Job had another friend that reminded him, "God will not reject a blameless man. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting." The Bible tells us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2 NIV). Community is an answer to this call, designed to form a counter culture where faith is encouraged.
Job knew that God saw his calamity and he resolved that the Almighty had a rescue plan for him as he said, "I know my redeemer lives." Believe that God will rescue You. Often we are concerned with the things that are going wrong in our lives. It may be issues with your job, family, finances and relationships to name a few. It feels like everything is crashing in around you. Fear of the future can cause you to worry and fear - and we know that it is not God’s Will that His children are distressed about the things of this life. We know that God tells us not to fear and yet it is hard when life is becoming so difficult. Call on God to free you from all worry. Ask Him to help you fix your mind away from distress.
God protected Job and chastised his friends when He said, "My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." God not only defends us, but He is always present in your life, even in your lonely and broken hours. It’s important that you remain faithful and not lose hope. The Bible tells us, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). You may feel like you’re alone, but God is right there. Scripture promises that the Lord will fight for us. We only need to be still. Trust that God is a constant presence in your life.
God know our hearts, so when satan challenged the Lord in chapter one regarding Job's character...God already knew Job would withstand. God is listening to you and knows exactly what you can handle. Every time you speak, God is listening to you, including your concerns and needs. Even when you doubt that God is listening, He always proves that He is. He doesn’t have a dial that he turns up and down when He feels like not tuning in. Sometimes, you need to turn the volume of the world down to hear God’s voice. When life gets hard, allow His voice to speak over your fears.
While the reader knows about the opening scene of the Book of Job, Job himself had know idea. God is always working behind the scenes in our life, and what may look like a "setback" becomes a "setup" for great blessing. Behind the scenes, he is working miracles in your life. When you are in a very hard situation, God wants you to remember that miracles happen. These miracles show up in every dream that you have that comes true, in every enlightening moment you have, in every person who has moved or transformed your life, and in every person you love – in these very moments, God’s making miracles happen. These miracles aren’t always going to be big. Sometimes, they are small. He is bringing you small miracles so that you can believe in the bigger ones. Look around you. When you look for the small miracles, you will see that they are everywhere.
God brags on us when we walk according to His will. He says this about Job, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man..." One of the reasons he boasts about you is because of His love for you. No action you make and no sin that you commit can make Him love you any less. The Bible tells us, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” When life gets hard, it’s important that you remember that God loves you – no matter how many mistakes you make or how many times you are angry with Him. God doesn’t love us for superficial, earthly reasons. God loves you for you.
God didn't leave Job hanging in the midst of trial and hardship. This has to do a great deal with God’s mercy. We should thank God for granting us abundant mercy and for the Grace we receive from Him. Ask God to give you peace in mind, body, soul and spirit. Also, call on Him to heal everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in your life. God has the power to guide your path through life and make peace with our stressors and our enemies. May God’s peace reign in your family, in your place of work, businesses and everything
God has faith in us. He is our biggest cheerleader and always believes the best of us. God allowed Job to endure this season and had faith in his ability to overcome. We should also live our life with faith in God. Hope comes when you trust in God and tell Him all your problems, knowing He is your protector. It’s OK to tell Him you are angry, scared, or that you feel numb. In those moments when you feel numb, when you feel like you’ve lost His love, go to God and tell Him that. Hebrews 10:23 teaches us, “We can trust God to do what He promised” and He promises to pour His love into our hearts. Trust in His love and His healing power in all circumstances.
Throughout the story God was listening in on the conversations and was close to Job. The Bible tells us that God is close to the brokenhearted, so no matter what you're going through...God is there. God is also an extraordinary healer and can calm us when we’re going through trials. Jesus not only carries all of your pain, but also has the power to heal you. Even in times of difficulty and uncertainty, God wants us to know that He is present and able to make us whole again. The beautiful part is that when God heals and restores, our lives are transformed. Trust in His power.
More times than not, trial seasons are an opportunity to grow spiritually in your walk with God. God will carry you through the storm. The Bible tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). Every difficult situation you face, whether big or small, is preparing you to be stronger. God will use your trials to produce greater faith and strength if you allow Him to. Your pain has purpose, even when you don’t understand why in this moment.
Even though we don't know exactly why God allowed Job to be tested in this way, we do know that His plan is ultimately to grow us up for the better. Trials often present us with feelings of stress. Let God know that you have a tremendous amount of stress on your heart. Ask God to grant you peace of mind and to calm your troubled heart. Your soul is like a turbulent sea. You may not be able to find your balance so you may stumble and worry constantly. Call on God to give you the strength and clarity of mind to find your purpose and walk the path He’s laid out for you.
In all our getting we should get understanding. At the end of the Book of Job, we see a stronger and more mature Job who grew in his understanding of God. His Words also bring us life. God’s Word says the prayer of faith has healing power. Go to God today in faith and ask that He delivers clarity and healing in your life. We receive healing by faith. Open yourself up today to God’s blessings, healing and miracles. Let all worries leave your heart. Don’t forget that you have a God who cares, who loves you so deeply and will never let you go.
God is a God of justice. He will not let us go through a season of sowing and ignore our season of reaping. Be steadfast and lean on Him through Christ. God has a reason for allowing things to happen. The Bible tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). We may never understand His wisdom but we simply have to trust His will. God has a plan for your life. Pray for His direction to follow it, patience to wait on it and knowledge to know when it comes.
In chapter's 38 and 39 God spends time affirming His sovereignty in both the heavens and the earth, reminding Job that he is a created being subject to a powerful and awesome Creator. If you are battling something right now and searching for support and help, remember that God is with you and has the power to heal you from the inside out. While we may never understand why God allows some of us to go through certain trials, we all can know for certain that God is sovereign and that He loves us through all of the storms in this life. Never underestimate the power of prayer and faith.
Job, like many of us wanted clarity about his current state. It's a not a sin to ask God questions and to plead our case before Him. Call on God to remove your burdens. Tell God that you need Him know and that you are full of stress and anxiety. Ask for God to come in and take away your heavy burdens. He can take each burden away one by one and lay them at your feet. Also ask for God to carry them so you don’t have to. Replace them with Your humble and gentle yoke so that you will find rest in your soul today. We can find peace in God.
"And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning," - Job 42:12. The enemy did not have the last say in Job's life. God did. And while we're all going through our own issues, let's remember that Job reaped a lifetime of blessing from a season of distress. God's blessings are inevitable when you maintain a steadfast walk with Him. The Bible tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a perfect plan for you. Sometimes it seems like His plans are always different from our plans, but His plans are always perfect. He never does it all at once, just step by step because He wants to teach us to walk by faith, not by sight. It’s important that we are patient and trust in His timing.
If you’re facing a hardship and struggling with hope today, pray this prayer: Lord, help me to hear you saying, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. I’m running to you with both hands stretch out and grabbing on to You. Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline. Help me to also see that all things are possible with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Verses about Wisdom - For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding Be very If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives you have made known to me what we asked of you.
Wisdom is the ability to discern what’s right from what’s wrong. It is a gift which gives us the capability to make the right choice or decision. If knowledge is power, then wisdom is using that power the right way.
We can be educated or intelligent, but without wisdom, our education or intelligence may only be in vain. An intelligent person could earn more fame, money, and fortune, but a wise one could earn more friends, honor and God’s favor.
There is wisdom from people and there is also wisdom from God. The first may be packed with eloquence but less in substance, while the latter may not sound beautiful but full of power.
God’s wisdom can make one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city (seeEcclesiastes 7:19). It also preserves the life of its possessor (seeEcclesiastes 7:12).
So how can we have wisdom from God according to the Bible? Here are 10 biblical ways to be wise:
1. Ask wisdom from God.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5 (KJV)
The first thing you can do to gain wisdom from God is to ask it from Him. Admit that you lack wisdom. Overcome your arrogance and admit that you have also been a folly.
2. Ask faithfully.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” – James 1:6-7 (KJV)
Be faithful when asking and praying for wisdom from God. Cast all your doubts away and believe in Him. In other words, don’t ask wisdom while you disobey His commands – that is an act of hypocrisy and unfaithfulness. Believing in God and being faithful to Him means you also keep and obey His commandments.
3. Be a God-fearing person.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” – Psalm 111:10 (KJV)
When you have fear in God, you follow His teachings and obey His commands. You avoid committing sins that will displease Him. You stay away from acts that will inflict harm upon yourself and other people. And then you will realize that these are good – these are right – and that is wisdom.
4. Be humble.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” – James 3:13-16 (NIV)
If you want to have wisdom from God, live a humble life. Humility will help you overcome envy and selfish ambition that lead to wicked practices. So choose humility and wisdom, not foolishness and wickedness.
5. Be prudent.
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” – Proverbs 8:12 (ESV)
Wisdom is the ability to make good judgments. Hence, always practice prudence. Don’t be hasty in making decisions. Always expand your knowledge. The more you know, the better your judgment will be.
6. Be peaceful and considerate.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” – James 3:17 (KJV)
Always observe awareness and practice peacefulness. Be gentle and slow to anger. Learn how to forgive and show mercy. Be considerate of the feelings of the people around you. Have compassion and understand the sufferings of others. By achieving calmness, peacefulness and full awareness of your surroundings, you will have a better chance to receive the wisdom that comes from God.
7. Read the Holy Scriptures and know the words of God.
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 3:15 (KJV)
Be patient in reading and learning God’s words in the Bible. The scriptures contain instructions, warnings, and guidance on how we should live and walk on Earth. The more you know the words of God, the more you will be wise.
8. Know our Lord better.
“that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:2-3 (ESV)
Our Lord Christ is God’s wisdom. Read more about Him in the Holy Bible. Listen to the preachers who know Him better. Learn His ways and follow His teachings. Believe in Him and love Him. These will certainly give you the key to the treasures of wisdom.
9. Preach and practice the Words of God.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
Be the manifestation of God’s wisdom. Do not just learn God’s words, but also preach and practice it. Make yourself the substantial evidence of kindness, compassion, self-discipline, and love. Let the people around you realize that the wisdom of God, which is Christ, is within you.
10. Do your best to get wisdom.
“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:5-7 (NIV)
Finally, do your best to get wisdom. Free yourself from foolishness, arrogance, pride, envy, hatred, selfishness, and all the things that hinder wisdom from entering your body, mind, heart, and soul. Let the pure wisdom of God dwell in you.
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