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Righteous Advice

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Don’t tell me what to do. I have a brain you know. I can think for myself;
I don’t need you hovering over me examining every detail of my existence to fit your perfect schedule.
If I wanted a boss I would get a job.”

Sound like anyone you know?

The art of unsolicited advice is often unwelcome and resented.

There are certain people, who just can’t seem to help themselves with giving directions, ordering the cleaning of the toilet done their way or standing over your shoulder while you are cooking.

God gave us unique qualities. We all have our own ways of cooking pot roast, driving to the store or cleaning the house.

Just because we may not cook like Paula Deen or Emeril doesn’t make us wrong.

Just because we don’t drive like Danica Patrick doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get to the store.

And if we don’t clean toilets like Mr. Clean doesn’t mean we don’t know how to use Scrubbing Bubbles.

Thank the good Lord we are not all alike. God knew that wouldn’t work. Can you imagine everyone cooking pot roast the same?

Now we need good counsel from time to time; even the Bible says that.

Proverbs 11:14 “Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

The key is to get advice from Godly people who live by the word of God. But what about the person who knows everything and intends on sharing even when it is unwanted?

The Bible addresses that also.

Proverbs 12:5 “The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.”

Or

Proverbs 16:22 “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.”

In other words, don’t listen to a fool. Or one who claims over and over to be Albert Einstein’s nephew.

Studying the Bible is the best avenue for counsel. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you is the best learning tool available to mankind.

John 16:13 “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

Jesus wasn’t one to go around telling people how to cook and clean or give driving directions.  He did make a pretty good bread and fish dinner ASAP for a multitude of people. He also had a special family recipe for turning water into wine at weddings. But he had better lessons to teach such as:

The Beatitudes
The Ten Commandments
The Parable of the Sower
And catching people throwing stones.

Jesus is our best example as far as giving advice, taking advice and knowing when to be silent. He didn’t seek people out to control them or give them step by step directions on the latest “how to do” anything. That doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in every area of our lives: he is, but sometimes he chooses to wait for us to ask him when we need help.

The best guide is the Holy Spirit along with knowing the word of God. The Holy Spirit convicts us when we are chopping the tomatoes incorrectly or if we are driving down the wrong road.

Do you think God has an open door policy for advice?

http://theriverministries.net/2012/08/06/gods-work-and-holy-pants/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/08/06/caution-bloggers-are-not-your-counselors/

http://butchdean.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/not-qualified/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/god-is-in-the-waiting-room/

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12 thoughts on “Righteous Advice

  1. When giving advice — which I feel should be rare unless asked for — perhaps God would have us first filter our words through Love, and sometimes it is just better to remain silent and pray letting the Holy Spirit do the advising. Thanks for posting, Cathy.

  2. this was written in perfect timing for me at this point…………….thank u

  3. Do you think God has an open door policy for advice?

    Yes Cathy, but as you said Godly advice, but it won’t be undersood and will also be resented without God’s wisdom, those with itching ears only want to hear what agrees with their flesh nature and agenda. Jesus as you shared gave much advice and direction and did many things, the Scriptures tell us if it was all written down , even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Wow what we have in the Scriptures is limited for sure. Also it is not Love to see someone in danger and not warn them but we are to do so in Love and for Love.

    Very True Cathy as you said, we don’t need ungodly advice, it’s the pits but I’m always ready for a new recipe or to have a good clean joke 😀

    The Scriptures are full of ‘God’s advice and guidlines, people do well to listen to those who share them or they will be like those in the Scripture below…

    Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    So my advice tonight Cathy before I go to bed is sumed up in these Scriptures below and is the most important advice I can share from God’s word.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne.

  4. Sorry Cathy, I meant to add in agreement with you, we don’t need critical advice in regard to our weaknesses and shortcommings, we all have them, perhaps I have more then most, we are to deal with our own first, then offer to help to others.

    God’s Truth always builds up it does not tear down, even if not appreciated by those with a wordly focus, who are often quick to offer their ungodly advice but do not welcome others and some people who share do not give the opportunity to others to respond to what they share or don’t respond when they do…. yes Cathy some advice is not needed.

    Christian Love Anne.

  5. Great post! We should always be looking for what God has to say through His Word or by prayer.

  6. Wonderful post Naphtali! Always enjoy reading your articles!

  7. Hey Cathy…Really enjoyed reading your post, thank you so much for sharing….Many, many blessings to you….Robin

  8. Good post. There are people in my life who do this to me, but reading this made me see again, I do the same. However, I think women are more open to others suggestion, and to a point, welcome suggestions. But there is definitely at time to shut your mouth. It kills me when my mother does this to me. She acts like I was 6 years old. Ah!!! I’m glad she’s 4 hours away or we’d have to deal her attitude. Without a doubt.

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