Steps to Wisdom of Finances -who to listen too!!!

One of the things that having wisdom will do for us is to tell us when we need help and when we need to seek good Christian counsel. Many times as Christians we are willing to help others but refuse to ask for help when we need it. That is nothing but pure ego speaking. Everyone has difficulties that they face so each one of us needs some counsel and advice at one time or another, and some of us more often than others! Many times Christians will refuse to seek good counsel when they need it because somehow, they think it reflects on their commitment. That is total nonsense. Lets look at Proverbs 19:20

Proverbs 19:20

The Message (MSG)

20 Take good counsel and accept correction—
that’s the way to live wisely and well.

 

Here we are admonished to seek counsel and accept any corrections the reason why is in the second part of this verse accepting counsel and correction will lead to living wisely and living life to the fullest.

Now the question becomes. When we need advice – whose counsel should we seek?

Well lets look at a few more verses from God‘s Word!

 

 

Proverbs 23:22

New Living Translation (NLT)

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when she is old.

Ephesians 5:23

New Living Translation (NLT)

23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.

 

 

 

Ephesians 5:31

New Living Translation (NLT)

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

Proverbs 11:14

Proverbs 11:14

New Living Translation (NLT)

14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
there is safety in having many advisers.

We can see from these verses we should seek counsel from parents, wives should seek counsel from their husbands and likewise husbands should seek counsel from their wives and we see from Proverbs 11:14 that a nation will fall without wise leadership, likewise with a family, a church or a business. Notice the phrase “ there is safety in having many advisers” Now the question becomes – how can we discern who is a good counselor or advisor? Once again we find the answer in God’s Word!

Titus 1:6-9

New Living Translation (NLT)

6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife,[a] and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 An elder[b] is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,[c] violent, or dishonest with money.

 8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

We can add to our list of who we should seek counsel from, church leader. And the qualification listed here are the qualities of a good counselor.

1 Peter 5:2-3

New Living Translation (NLT)

2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.

This describes the role of a good counselor. A good leader will lead by example.

 

2 Peter 1:6-7

New Living Translation (NLT)

6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

And this last verse is what the result will be of a good counselor.

I would suggest these are good guidelines with which to measure any counsel you receive or give.

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