Proverbs 1:7 (MSG)
7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Proverbs 1:7 (GNT)
7 The most important part of knowledge is having reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.
Leviticus 19:18 (ESV)
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Matthew 5:43-47 (NIV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
Have you ever battled with God? Have you ever flipped someone off on the highway – or thought about it? Have you ever had an issue with someone? We all have at some point.
Love you neighbors. Who is your neighbor? Everyone, right? Global community, etc. The guy/gal living on the street. The kids getting their meals from the dump. We in the West see the pictures and feel bad, maybe even pretty bad. And then we get on to important stuff like banning library fees at Harvard because it’s too stressful (really – http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/1/library-eliminates-standard-fees/). We live in a snowflake culture it is surrounded by a world in need of great love.
“Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn” is an interesting translation. We’ve been taught to love our neighbors and we ought to get on it. What are you doing today to live in this wisdom given by our Lord? Care to argue with it?
Matthew 22:36-4 (ESV)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
It’s wisdom for a better world.