The Three L's
By Charles Wages
If you were asked to pick your three favorite words or to pick three words that have the most meaning to you, what would they be? Let's briefly consider three that begin with the letter "L."
Yes, "live" is a very meaningful word, but do we really know what it means? The Apostle Paul said,
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil. 1:21)
There can be no real life apart from the Lord. Christ is our life. He said,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
Living with and for the Lord makes life meaningful. It also gives life a future for the life God gives is eternal. Someone once said, "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward."
This is the most popular word in every language or vocabulary. Some have even called it a universal language in itself. There is no question of its importance in knowing God and His Word. The most familiar passage of the Bible probably is John 3:16. But let us not forget I John 3:16, and that we are told in I John 4:8,
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
Isn't it wonderful that,
"God commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners; Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8)
We should be yearnmg for learning, so we can be earning. However, we have to be reminded that learning can be bad as well as good. Also, we had better be very careful not only what we learn, but from whom we learn. There are many, many false teachers in the world system.
Some learning takes place naturally, like a baby nursing. Some comes from experience, like putting your finger on a hot stove. Most comes from applying our hearts unto wisdom.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Tim. 2:15)
The noble Bereans of Acts 17:11 "received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so." Learning is a process whereby we learn about life as God has prepared it. Knowledge without God's wisdom puffeth up (blows up like a balloon) and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Prov. 1:7)
You have always known the three "R's" Have you given much thought to these three "L's"?
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