Christians have “insider information;” we trust His Spirit to give us discernment about all things.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
We can learn two things about ourselves in this verse:
- We are simple, which means that we don’t know any better, but are inclined toward evil [evil is any way that is not God-led. To put it another way, we go for anything shiny] . The sooner we admit this to ourselves, the sooner we can start trusting Him.
- We are foolish. We prefer our opinion over God’s truth. Once again, let’s look at Ephesians 4:22-24, You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Once we understand ourselves, we can “gain prudence and set our hearts on it.” With prudence, we learn to “make the better choice.” We see a good way to handle a situation and several not-so-good ways, and we choose the way that the Holy Spirit is revealing to us as the best way.
Our guiding principle for all our decisions is based on Jesus’s parting command to love as He loved.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
The way the world can identify us as His disciples is how we love others.
35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Let’s set our focus on His voice and love others as He loved us. It really is that simple!