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Priority of faith, hope and love

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Putting God first--living according to his word--serves the glory of God and also the best interests of believers, by giving them true wisdom for daily living.

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The wisdom of making faith a priority

Hebrews 11:6 ESV
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Putting the fear of God before other considerations

Psalm 31:19 ESV
19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
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Preferring God’s way to sinful advice

Psalm 1:1–2 ESV
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

The precious wisdom of obeying God:

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Following sinful advice:

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Choosing imaginative action rather than laziness or fearfulness

Numbers 13:30 ESV
30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”
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Examples of failure to do this:

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Patient waiting rather than impetuous action

Psalm 40:1 ESV
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
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The wisdom of making hope a priority

Hebrews 6:19 ESV
19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
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Putting true riches above earthly wealth

Luke 16:9 ESV
9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
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Putting eternal joy before temporal hardship

2 Corinthians 4:17–18 ESV
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
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The wisdom of making love a priority

Paul’s concern that love, rather than competition over spiritual gifts, should be made a priority.

Loyalty rather than opportunism

Proverbs 18:24 ESV
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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Following the Spirit rather than sinful human nature

Merely “human” activity betrays a failure of love for God.
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Inner sincerity rather than outward appearance

Romans 12:9 ESV
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
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Actions rather than mere words

James 2:18 ESV
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
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Peace rather than disharmony

Romans 12:18 ESV
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
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Truth rather than falsehood

Proverbs 12:19 ESV
19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
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