We all sometimes give advice based on our opinions, experience, and our perspective of the truth. But should we? As believers, we should be careful when we are giving or receiving advice. Ask yourself, is this advice coming from the Word of God or is it what I think or believe? Did you pray on it? Did you consult with the Holy Spirit? As His children, God said we should know His voice. The voice of God will give us direction. When God speaks to us, we will gain clarity. The first person we should seek for advice is our heavenly Father. His truth is the only truth. Besides, His line is never busy, and He always has time for us.
And when we hear from God, we must be obedient. Don’t you hate it when someone comes to you for advice and then they go do the exact opposite of what you said. God doesn’t like it either. The Bible says in James 1:22, “we should not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” We can learn from Moses and Elijah, who did mighty things through God, but both great men of God still fell short in the end. Toward the end of his life, Moses hit the rock twice in disobedience, yelled at the people, spoke out of anger and impatience, despite his years of service, Moses’s disobedience kept him from entering the promised land. (Numbers 20:6-9). Why was the consequences of Moses action so severe? Because in his anger he misrepresented God. He did what he wanted, not what God told him to do. This shows us that as children of God, we should not misrepresent Him. When we seek the voice of God, we should follow His instructions. When we give advice it should come from a place of love and always be based on God’s Word, not our opinions or emotions. Moses teaches us that we need to be very accurate in how we represent God. And what about Elijah? Despite amazing victories and evidence of the power of God in his ministry, in his last days, Elijah thought Jezebel was greater than God and fled from her. After all he saw God do, he still lost faith and became discouraged. (1Kings19:3-5). One lesson we can learn from Elijah pertaining to giving advice is not to lose faith or get discouraged, even if the person does not like the advice we give. Sometimes people don’t want to hear godly advice. They don’t want God’s truth. They want to hear what makes them feel better or what justifies their actions. Or maybe they just don’t want to hear it from you. And that’s ok. We are responsible for what we do, we can’t control the actions of others. What we can do is pray that God will show them the answer. The same goes when we are seeking advice, it is important we make sure the person is in tuned with God and is given us God’s truth and not their beliefs and perspectives. There really is only one truth and it will set you free!
Love and Blessings…
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:16)
“We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1John 4:6)
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:33)