The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. Proverbs 16:21
Don’t we all want to be thought of as “prudent?” Being prudent can be another thing. Hopefully as years pass and my faith strengthens the two meet more often. I value prudence, but my spirit tells me I slip, but I hear The Spirit remind me that it is progress and not perfection. How merciful, The Spirit.
I looked up the word in several dictionaries and absolutely loved the definition of ‘prudence’ in Noah Webster’s dictionary, so much so that I wrote it on a card! I don’t think I do this card thing because of senility, but it is more for introspection. I comfort myself with these words.
Noah Webster defines prudence as Wisdom applied to practice. Don’t you love it? Finding wisdom is not a mystery, but a practice. The world is full of wisdom, but often needs to be run through a sieve. When we do this, we will see the faultiness of man’s wisdom.
Consider this verse: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:22. Remind you of anyone? Hopefully not ourselves; this is the one we must be most guarded about.
Undoubtedly, when we are spending time in the Scriptures, we will become wiser. The entire book of Proverbs is devoted to wisdom, but those verses will become strengthened as they come back to mind while reading Bible stories too.
This verse reminds me that my communicating to others will be more effective when my words are sweet. If you struggle with speaking kindly versus speaking sharply or abruptly, it is not simply a heart problem. It is a habit problem. Frequently women that are quick-witted are quick to speak and spout things they regret. Okay! Yes; I do that, but not as often as I used to.
Immersion in Scriptures is life changing. As if by osmosis, improvements happen without your being entirely conscious of them. One day you realize that you are a different person and that you like this person better. Others will like that person better too. 2
If thou art wise thou knowest thine own ignorance; and thou art ignorant if thou knowest not thyself. Martin Luther